The Alaskan Bush People already have a big family, but would you believe us if we said they had family members that didn’t love the outdoors? Well, at least not as much as the Browns that created a whole homestead in the middle of nowhere. Outside of the immediate “Wolf Pack,” the reality TV stars have extended family members that support them from across state borders. Although they might not appear on the show, they are still a significant part of the Browns’ lives.
This includes Amber Branson, Alaskan Bush People matriarch Ami Brown’s niece. Branson was a victim of a house fire on April 29, 2020, in her and Brown’s home state of Texas. Two days later, doctors deemed the 44-year-old woman’s injuries as “non-survivable.”
She was then taken off life support. Branson left behind her husband, three children and four grandchildren.
Brown is the sister to Branson’s father, Les, who announced the death of his beloved niece on Facebook in a touching post, according to The U.S. Sun.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I must relay to you that my niece, Amber Branson, died from severe injuries sustained in a fire,” the Alaskan Bush People star’s brother wrote. “She died at 3:55 am this morning after being removed from life-support.”
Les went on to describe Branson as “a kind, generous, loving person with a big heart.”
“All we have now are the memories, but she will live in our hearts forever,” he wrote.
The Alaskan Bush People matriarch herself didn’t make any public statements about the passing of her niece, though she may well have shared her sorrow in private with her family.
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star’s Brother Reveals Branson’s Injuries Were Result of ‘Faith Test’
The fatal flames at the Hudson Oaks home were no accidental dryer fire. Officers at the scene on April 29 spoke to the still-conscious Branson regarding the cause of the blaze.
“When police arrived on the scene, they found Amber with severe burns over 90 percent of her body,” her father reported to The Sun. “She told the police that her injuries were self-inflicted. When questioned why, she said it was a ‘faith test.’”
The Alaskan Bush People star’s niece told officers that she used insect repellants as an accelerant. However, according to Les, authorities recognized a gasoline-like odor. Later on, Branson’s partner found an empty can of gasoline tossed in the neighbor’s yard.
The Alaskan Bush People star’s brother claimed that Branson suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues and was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
“As is well known, people with underlying mental health problems are especially prone to bizarre, delusional behavior when under the influence of such powerful stimulants,” Branson’s father stated.