Now that Alaskan Bush People star Bear Brown has a son of his own, his father’s sudden death has taken on a whole new meaning. Not only did Brown look to his father Billy for survival tactics, but he also treated him as a role model for his relationship with his one-year-old son, River. After Billy passed in February this year following a seizure, the family struggled to recover from the loss. In tonight’s episode of the reality series, Bear shares his thoughts on the situation as the Wolf Pack plans the funeral for their alpha.
Immediately after Billy’s death, the Alaskan Bush People family made the solemn trip to Oroville, Washington to arrange his funeral and cremation. The trip was obviously emotional for all family members who didn’t believe they would have to make these decisions quite so soon. Still, they soldiered on to a funeral home close to their mountainside property, North Star Ranch.
In a clip ahead of tonight’s episode of Alaskan Bush People, Bear Brown admitted that he needed to collect himself. He talked about what a positive influence his father was on him and how he hoped his own son would view him in the same light when he grew older.
“Da was always there for me no matter what. You know, even if I mess something up, Da was always, always there. Always knew just what to stay,” Bear reflected. “I’d definitely like to be like that for my son as well.”
He continued, “To be honest, part of me is afraid that I won’t be able to live up to be as good of a dad as my dad was.”
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Siblings Worry for Older Brother Bam Bam
Just hours before their father’s funeral, some of the Alaskan Bush People siblings gathered around a fire. While sitting in the snow, Bear and his two sisters, Bird and Rain, worried for their older brother Bam Bam. Usually the more reserved of the group, Bam Bam had decided to stay clear of the rest of his family while processing Billy’s death.
While discussing Bam’s behavior, Bear suggested that everyone grieves in their own way, and so their brother just needed a little extra time and space by himself. However, Bird believed Bam should have been beside them.
“You know, Bam seems to be taking Da passing very, very difficult. We all are, but Bam can’t even come to the house,” Bird explained. “I’m definitely worried. ‘Cause I feel like he needs to not shut everybody out. He needs to let everybody in.”
“Bam shouldn’t just be out there by himself,” the Alaskan Bush People star told her siblings.