'Party Down South' Cast Member Joshua Tharpe Dead at 42

Joshua Tharpe — a guest star on “Party Down South” — has died … TMZ confirms.

His brother, Billy, tells us … Josh was found dead Monday by his mother on the kitchen floor of his home in Baton Rouge, LA. Billy says Josh’s death comes as a surprise, as everything seemed fine just a day or so prior.

We’re told Josh had gone to church with his mother on Sunday and then hung out at her house afterward. Later that day, he swung by a friend’s place where he had plans to spend the night — but had to stop by at his own place first to grab some clothes … and Billy says he never returned.

The friend grew concerned when she didn’t hear from him the next day, and contacted his mom … who went to his house where she found him collapsed. Billy says the coroner has notified them that Josh died as a result of a heart attack. Apparently, he’d experienced something similar a year prior, but much more mild and he’d recovered.

Joshua wasn’t a full-time cast member on the CMT reality show, but he was featured in multiple episodes.

He was just 42.

RIP

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