Earlier today, I learned that Josh Potter passed away. He was 21. I met Josh in 2013, when he was part of the cast of The Fault in Our Stars film. Josh had cancer for more than half his life, and he shared his experiences and feelings very generously with the movie’s cast and crew. But he was not defined by his illness: A huge fan of railroads and trains, he became an accomplished train photographer, and just before the end of his life traveled the U.S. photographing some of his favorites. (You can see some of his pictures here, at his flickr.) He was an Eagle Scout whose community service project focused on bringing comfort to kids in hospitals. He was a loving son, friend, brother, and partner. The affection and commitment he shared with his longtime partner Megan was profoundly moving, and he was uncommonly gentle and caring.
My son, who is generally suspicious of teenagers, took to Josh immediately, and they romped all over the TFIOS set together with Shailene, as you can see in the pictures above. He was just a wonderful person, and I am so sorry for the loss his family and loved ones are going through.