Joshua Valentine worked with the TV personality on NBC’s ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls.’ He was a member of his safety crew. Mr. Valentine died in a motorbike crash.
Bear Grylls paid in heart-breaking Instagram tribute to a ‘one-in-a-million friend, who was ‘strong as a lion and loyal to the end.
Joshua Valentine Killed in Motorbike Crash
On Friday, he was killed when he overtook a slowing truck on his Harley-Davidson and collided with a car on Route 46 in America.
New Jersey State Police say he was thrown from his bike after he overtook the truck and smashed into a Nissan car, turning right into a truck stop.
Mr. Valentine’s motorcycle flipped after smashing into the Nissan truck’s door, leaving the driver with minor injuries.
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He was pronounced dead shortly before 6 pm, according to the New Jersey Herald. Police investigating the crash confirmed he was wearing a helmet before the fatal collision.
Mr. Valentine was one of the founding instructors at Bear Gryll’s Survival Academy, which runs outdoor team-building events.
He also worked on films and TV shows for Discovery, Netflix, and NBC.
He provided stunt work and survival skills on set to shows, including Face the Wild, and helped behind the scenes on shows aired during the Discovery Channel’s famous ‘Shark Week.’
In addition to his passion for the outdoors, Mr. Valentine was trained in survival, mountaineering, expedition paddling, crevasse rescuing skills, and avalanche rescues.
TV star and former SAS trooper Grylls has led the tributes to the self-professed survivalist from Jersey, America, saying he is ‘heartbroken.
He described the death of Mr. Valentine, one of his ‘core safety crew,’ as a ‘tragic loss’ who died in ‘an accident that has shaken us all.’
He said in his emotional Instagram post: ‘He was one of those genuine ones in a million. Strong as a lion, dependable, kind to everyone, humble, super skilled, and loyal to the end.
Grylls added: ‘A true friend to many. He will never be forgotten. And his example of how to live will be with us forever. We are all heartbroken.’
Friends on social media also remembered him as a kind and brave adventurer, says the New Jersey Herald.
‘A heartbreaking loss of an incredible human being and genuine soul of a man who made this world and everyone around him better,’ a Facebook friend recalled of Mr. Valentine.
The latter ran an outdoor sporting company called Embrace the Animal. ‘You have succeeded in inspiring others immensely.’