RIP Josh Neuman: Age and career explored as skater dies in plane crash

Yasmine Leung February 8, 2022
RIP Josh Neuman: Age and career explored as skater dies in plane crash

US skateboarder Josh Neuman tragically passed away in an Iceland plane crash. We look at the age of the young athlete and filmmaker.

RIP Josh Neuman: the talented skateboarder, filmmaker, and influencer was one of the three passengers aboard a sightseeing plane that tragically crashed into a lake in Iceland.

Neuman was reportedly on the flight to create content for Belgian fashion brand Suspicious Antwerp with the company’s sponsorship manager, Tim Alings, 27; and Nicola Bellavia, a 32-year-old Belgian influencer and skydiver.

The pilot, Haraldur Diego, 49, also died in the accident. Retrieval of the victims has currently been delayed due to poor weather conditions.

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The Neuman family thank fans for their well-wishes

The exact date and time of the accident have not been disclosed, though the bodies believed to be the four adults were found on Sunday in Lake Thingvallavatn. Meanwhile, the aircraft disappeared from radar on Thursday (3 February) and was discovered on Saturday.

The Neuman family released a heartfelt statement in which they remember his thirst for adventure and passion for creativity:

“Josh didn’t just live life, he was life, and he lived every day to the fullest extent possible while being kind to everyone.”

A look into Josh Neuman’s age and career

Neuman was born on 16 August 1999, making him 22 years old when he passed.

He was best known as a skateboarder and content creator; his YouTube channel has 1.18 million subscribers, while his Instagram boasts 168k followers.

He first started filming longboarding videos when he was 12 years old and uploaded content during his university studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 22-year-old pursued content creation full-time after he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was based at the time of passing.

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Over the last four years, he regularly posted exhilarating videos of himself skateboarding across the world, with some gaining nearly eight million views.

A quick scroll through his social media shows that he was undoubtedly an adrenaline junkie; his favourite shots to post were of himself perched on top of towering buildings and cliffs admiring the view. There are even videos of him skydiving and jumping off of hot air balloons.

It wasn’t all play for him though as Neuman worked with the likes of GoPro, Prada, and LG to showcase his talent as a filmmaker and skateboarder.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.