‘Alaskan Bush People’ Fans Say Bear Brown Looks ‘Just Like’ Late Father Billy in New Hiking Selfie

by Madison Miller

Bear Brown, who appears on “Alaskan Bush People,” posted a photo of himself enjoying a hike. He’s staring into the camera with a serious look on his face without smiling.

Fans couldn’t help but notice that Bear bares a striking resemblance to his late father, Billy Brown.

In fact, many of the comments are relating to the recent passing of his father, Billy Brown. “You look a lot like your dad,” one person wrote. “How much you look like your father,” another commented.

His father passed away on Feb. 8, 2021. He died after suffering from a seizure.

Bear Brown and his father were seemingly very close. This is evident in “Alaskan Bush People” as well as his recent social media posts. He wrote on his Instagram after his death, “He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad and husband and he will be dearly missed.”

The two had a lot in common, such as their love for the outdoors and living off-grid. Not only does Bear look similar to his father, but also he plans to “honor his legacy going forward.”

In addition to the comments about Bear looking like his father, others wished the Brown family well or remarked about their own journeys with grief.

The Start of the ‘Alaskan Bush People’

The Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Bush People” has 12 seasons so far and first premiered in 2014. It’s unclear if there will be more of the show following the passing of Billy Brown.

The show is a docudrama-style reality television series. The Brown family is detailing their life surviving out in the remote wilderness of Hoonah, Alaska, and then eventually Okanogan County, Washington. It featured Billy and Ami Brown and their children Matt, Joshua, Bear, Gabriel, Noah, Bird, and Rain.

What made the family decide to survive off-grid on “Alaskan Bush People?”

Ami got married to Billy when she was only 15 and he was 26. According to The Travel, her mother gave her permission as long as she finished school. However, once they got married she stopped talking to her family and dropped out of school.

They are not from Alaska, but instead had residences in Colorado and Texas and moved to Alaska to film the show. For this reason, the show is sometimes criticized for misrepresenting actual Alaskan Bush Indigenous communities.

The move to Alaska was to live out what they say was Billy Brown’s dream to live off the wilderness off-grid. The family eventually moved to Washington to be closer to civilization following health concerns with Ami.