Few names are as well-known in the realm of political agitation as “AKA_RealDirty.” This selfless patriot, who went by the name Josh, worked nonstop to keep his supporters informed and involved in the current political conversation. Josh left a vacuum in the hearts of those who had grown to respect his unrelenting determination by passing away.
Josh described himself as someone who watched the news and posted significant bits to keep his followers up to date, which gave fans an insight into his distinctive personality. Josh stood out even more because he had to use Siri to type because his hands weren’t functioning. But despite these difficulties, he persisted in his dedication to the cause.
Twitter user @saltinesnack, Josh’s co-host on The Dirty Truth, broke the devastating news of his death in a poignant message that shocked the online community. She called the nursing facility where Josh lived to find out how he was doing after they had been unable to reach him for a few days. Josh had been discovered unconscious, and despite the efforts of medical staff, he had gently died away. This devastating news came next.
@Aspiemama_107 & I hadn't been able to get a hold of @AKA_RealDirty for a couple days & I was able to track down the name of his nursing home & found out that last night he was found unresponsive & they tried everything they could to bring him back, but they couldn't. He went…
— STAY salty.🧂 (@saltinesnack) September 4, 2023
The nursing home’s director of nursing gave his nurse permission to disclose the nurse’s confirmation of Josh’s passing. As Josh’s online friends and admirers struggled with the unexpected death of a beloved member of their community, the agony and sorrow were evident.
Politically diverse tributes flooded in, highlighting Josh’s profound influence on those who knew him. Another Twitter user commented, “This is so awful. Just terrible news. Josh was a very nice guy, and I enjoyed my encounters with him a lot. Josh did a fantastic job of compiling helpful clips for us all, using Siri and not his hands. always amiable. Heartbreaking. AKA_RealDirty, RIP.
Josh outworked 99% of political activists, and he did it while being a quadriplegic and residing in a nursing home in the middle of nowhere, according to another user who praised Josh’s exceptional work ethic. He is a shining example of what one guy can accomplish when he puts in great effort and has a positive outlook. You are loved, bro. Lie down in paradise.
Many people praised Josh for his persistent faith and commitment to the MAGA movement. “RIP Josh @AKA_RealDirty was a tireless patriot for our country,” read one tweet. No matter what was thrown at him, his faith was never once shaky. Salute.”
The MAGA community was devastated by Josh’s passing, and one user shared their sorrow by writing, “I have dreadful news to share, and I wish I could do so in a more respectable manner. When @AKA_RealDirty (Josh) was discovered unconscious in his bed on Saturday night, we lost one of the best patriots in the MAGA movement. I’m still waiting to hear about the funeral plans.
This is unbelievably sad. Just awful news.
Josh was a truly good guy – with whom I'd had many great interactions.
Josh did an amazing job of collecting useful clips for us all – doing it via Siri and w/out use of his hands. Always friendly.
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) September 5, 2023
Those who knew Josh well also have a lasting sense of his unwavering character and limitless optimism. A touching tribute stated, “This breaks my heart. Josh really existed. Josh was the person with the largest personality I’ve ever met. You’d never know he was recovering from a serious accident by looking at him; he was always positive. His upbeat disposition spread quickly. There should be more Joshs in the world. My friend, you will be missed. I’m sure you’ll be laughing at dirty jokes and watching memes in heaven. I adore you, guy.
AKA_RealDirty had a significant influence on the online community and beyond, as evidenced by the ‘RIP Josh’ trending hashtag on Twitter.