“Alaskan Bush People” star Bear Brown is going through a rough grieving process since his father, Billy Brown, died of a seizure early this year. And it hasn’t been made any easier by having to watch the show his dad presided over with the family patriarch missing from it.
So Bear made a decision in the interests of his own well-being. He opted to take a break from watching the show.
“I actually haven’t watched it since Da passed,” Bear told Entertainment Weekly this week.
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Fans Stop Bear Everywhere to Offer Condolences
Still, Bear has his family to lean on. And there’s no shortage of prayers and good wishes coming his way. He said that while he took his dad’s death “pretty hard,” he knows he’s not alone in his grief.
“Everyone I passed on the road or saw me in a store would give me condolences and say how sorry they were,” Bear told EW. “That’s one thing that I try to keep in mind, that the whole world — everyone who watched a show, anyway — loved and definitely misses Da.”
One thing that has been keeping the “Alaskan Bush People” star too busy to watch the show is the effort to rebuild North Star Ranch, which was decimated by a recent wildfire. He knows it was important to his father to rebuild. And so that’s what the family has been doing: working to make their patriarch’s dying wish a reality. They want to make it into a self-sustaining ranch for future generations of Browns.
“Da’s passing just made us want to keep going with the dream, of course,” Bear said. “Trying to build up the ranch and get everything fixed. It gave us something to do instead of just sitting around and moping. We actually have our hands quite full. It was always Da and Mom planning things like the new barn, and so now Mom basically has that on her shoulders. We try and help and stuff… But it’s kind of nice having so much to do, to be honest, because it’s honoring Da as well.”
Billy Brown Died of a Seizure in February
Brown passed away after suffering a seizure this past February. And the “Alaskan Bush People” patriarch had been in poor health in the weeks leading up to his death.
Doctors had reportedly told Brown to move to a lower altitude from where he had been living. The Brown family patriarch had been experiencing breathing difficulties, which doctors believed were actually due to issues with his heart rather than with his lungs.
But Brown insisted on living and dying on his own terms. So he would not leave the mountainside where his trailer was parked. His kids did try to move his trailer a bit farther down the mountain, however.
Upon Brown’s death, Bear broke the news to friends and followers in a private Instagram post.
“He was our best friend,” Bear wrote at the time. “A wonderful and loving dad, granddad, and husband and he will be dearly missed. He lived his life on his terms, off the grid, and off the land and taught us to live like that as well.”