Memorial service set for late gay Atlanta man

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A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday to celebrate the life of the 24-year-old gay Atlanta cheerleader and model who was found dead on Friday in a Midtown parking garage.

The visitation and memorial service come as authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Josh Nicholson's death. An autopsy was performed on Dec. 13, but the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office is withholding a ruling on the cause and manner of death as it continues to investigate the case. Nicholson's body was found inside a ventilation fan on the seventh floor of a Peachtree Street parking garage, just feet from an entrance to the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

The hotel told WSB that Nicholson was not a guest or an employee.

Atlanta police homicide investigators were called to the scene on Friday morning when Nicholson's body was discovered. A police incident report said there were no obvious signs of foul play. No further police investigation is being conducted pending a final ruling by the medical examiner, a police spokesperson said.

Friends and relatives continue to post remembrances to Nicholson's Facebook page. A visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday with a “celebration of his life memorial service” to follow at 1 p.m. Both take place at Paterson Funeral Home on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, according to an obituary.

Nicholson, an Atlanta native and graduate of Norcross High School and Kennesaw State University, remained a competitive cheerleader after college, according to the obituary.

At the urging of several high school cheerleaders Josh, dropped out of football and joined the cheerleading squad at Norcross high school also competing in the co-ed division for the State Cheerleading championships. In college he participated on the Kennesaw State University Cheerleading squad. During and after college he continued to compete on private senior co-ed competitive cheer teams, most recently Josh was cheering with Jayhawks open team located in Duluth, Georgia.

The obituary also detailed Nicholson's athleticism and “passion for life.”

Josh was smart, good and kind natured from young man with a passion for life and when possible enjoyed it the fullest with his friends and family. He always had a gorgeous smile, bright beautiful captivating eyes to go along with his charismatic personality. He cared deeply about people. He wanted to and did help many to achieve higher goals. He had many friends and acquaintances.

Photo by Eric McKinney


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