Family and friends of William "Josh" Ratliff, a nationally known clothing stylist who fell to his death last week in downtown Charleston, will celebrate his life Wednesday at Nv Dance Lounge.
Attendees are encouraged to pay a $10 donation to help cover funeral expenses for the 23-year-old Blythewood native. The event will take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the lounge, 48 N. Market St.
"Josh touched many lives and will always be remembered as a positive, fashionable, fun and uplifting person," the event's description read. "We are so grateful to all of the amazing support from his friends in Charleston and are inviting all to come together to celebrate his precious life."
Authorities have reported that Ratliff was likely asleep on the roof of a downtown parking garage, 401 King St., and fell to his death June 8. Foul play is not suspected, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Ratliff worked as a production assistant and a stylist to the producers of fashion weeks in Charleston and Atlanta when he was 16, according to his website. He also served as a producer of Couture Fashion Week in New York City.
He was the first black man to earn a degree in fashion and retail management from the Art Institute of Charleston, Ratliff said on the site.
He also worked as a costuming intern for "Army Wives," a Lifetime television series filmed in Charleston, and as a freelance fashion writer for The Post and Courier.
For more information on Wednesday's event or to purchase tickets, visit the event online.
Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.
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