‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Brother, Michael, Passes Away

by Samantha Whidden

Sad news from Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman reportedly lost her brother, Michael, over the weekend. The news has left the food blogger and TV star’s home state of Oklahoma in mourning.

According to Fox News, the Pioneer Woman’s sister, Betsy, revealed the unfortunate news on her Instagram. “We lost Michael, my sweet and wonderful brother, this last weekend. He was one of a kind, and he will be missed by so many people who loved him. I’m very thankful for his life, the connections he made, and his caring, fun, and independent spirit. Love you forever, Mikey.”

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has also addressed her brother’s death by writing on Facebook, “It isn’t possible to sum up the life of someone as perfectly wonderful as my brother Michael, so right now I won’t try. He was seventeen months older than me, my first friend and buddy, and I’m so grateful for over 50 years of photos and memories. Please pray for my parents, whose devotion to Mike was boundless, and who will feel this loss most acutely. Michael Smith, you were everything.”

The cause of death has not been revealed at this time.

Bartlesville, Oklahoma Mourns the Loss of ‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Brother

Bartlesville, Oklahoma resident, Dan Dalton, stated in a Facebook post that Michael was a local icon. “It is with a sad heart to announce that Bartlesville Icon, Michael Smith, has gone to heaven. He is well known by almost everyone in Bartlesville and other parts of the state and known nationally due to Ree Drummond his famous sister. It is nice to know that he went fast and did not suffer. God has been very good to my favorite buddy. I know he is making lots of new friends in heaven.”

Ree Drummond’s sister Betsy also commented on the post. “Dan Dalton, thank you for your loyal and supportive friendship with Michael for so many years. What a gift of happiness you gave him, knowing he could count on you and that you were always there for him. Words will never be adequate to express the gratitude our family has for you and the entire community that loved, helped, and enjoyed Michael.”

‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Declared Her Brother Michael as Her Best Buddy 

During a March 2011 interview with Tulsa World, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond described her brother Michael as her best buddy. At the time, Michael stated, “I got stories on my sister. When I was a little kid, she would come in my room when I was asleep and put lipstick on me.”

Fox News also reports that Michael made a special appearance on an episode of Pioneer Woman. In 2013, Drummond posted the episode featuring her brother and called her favorite episode for “obvious reasons.”