YouTuber Josh Neuman spoke about 'mental clarity' days before death in his last post
Skateboarding YouTuber Josh Neuman, 22, was one of four who died after a plane crash in Iceland
On Tuesday, February 8, it was reported that Josh Neuman, 22, and three others were pronounced dead after the Cessna 172 aircraft crashed and was found in Iceland on Lake Thingvallavatn on Sunday. This group of four was on a sightseeing plane when it crashed into the lake. The group was trying to create content for the Belgian fashion brand named Suspicious Antwerp. Cessna 172 was a single-engine plane.
His family posted some of his best memories and Josh's words as a tribute. They say, "Josh didn't just live life, he was life." Josh, 22 always said, "a number will never make you happy."
In one of his recent Instagram posts, Neuman spoke about taking some time to reflect on things and focus on the present. He said, "Hey friends :) I haven’t been quite as active on social media recently so just wanted to give a quick life update. I’ve been taking this past month to really work on finding better balance in my life - putting my phone down more often, being present, and not always feeling like I have to be productive. It’s definitely been a work in progress but I’ve already seen a major improvement in my overall mental clarity and happiness.
-Also working on learning a few new skills this year, one of them being surfing. Just picked up an 8’ foamie last week and feeling like an absolute kook, but super excited to progress over the coming months 😂 If you’re in SoCal and want to go surfing, definitely shoot me a message!
-Last but not least, I’m currently planning a few fun trips/projects that I’m stoked to share more about soon. Don’t want to say too much for now but stay tuned 😉 If you’ve read this far, what are some of your goals for 2022? How are they going so far? Feel free to comment or DM me - would love to hear."
His family says he died 'doing what he loved.' His fans and followers left heartfelt comments following his death. One wrote, "Thanks for encouraging me in every endeavor I ever took, for helping me pursue my passions & become the best possible version of myself. I’ll never forget all u did for me and our community. Fly high & do some sick shit in heaven", while another said, "I hope that this last month being away was what you needed at fullest. Thank you again for everything you did. An inspiration to all longboard and skateboard scenes and beyond. May you Rest In Peace. ❤️"
Another Instagram user wrote, "Ahh Josh inspired us so many of us with the way he lived and how he spoke about the world. His faith and belief shone through his words and actions and I’m grateful to have spent some time with him. Rest in perfect peace bro, you’re in an even more beautiful place. We’re all inspired to #liveagoodstory"
An advocate of living a good story, this 22-year old filmmaker, adventurer, and skateboarder was followed by over one million people on YouTube where he regularly shared his rather dangerous stunts. In December 2021, Neuman shared a series of posts where he was "being pushed off a hot air balloon by his best friend."