‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Bear Brown Discusses Sister Rain’s Hunt for Gold

by John Jamison
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Alaskan Bush People star, dad, and husband Billy Brown passed away suddenly in February. For the Brown family, it must feel like yesterday. Tonight, the show will explore the moments leading up to and following Billy’s death. Ahead of the episode, Bear Brown talked about how the family has held up in the months since losing their loved one.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Billy Brown’s passing has been extremely tough on the Alaskan Bush People family. Each member has been coping with the loss in their own way. And Bear Brown revealed one of the pursuits the youngest, Rain Brown, has taken up recently.

“Rain is really focused on mining for gold around the ranch. That was one of the last things that she and Da talked about, and Rain got really into it,” Bear Brown told Entertainment Weekly a few days ago. “I actually think she has gold fever, but that was one thing that helped her through the grieving process — to get on the gold as much as she can, to try to fulfill what Da and her had talked about.

The Brown family has been making a home of North Star Ranch in rural Washington. Even that journey has been a difficult one. Fires have ravaged the homestead over the years. In 2020, the Palmer Fire tore through the area, destroying over 17,000 acres of land.

Rain Brown, however, seems preoccupied with what’s hiding underneath the land. The Browns hit it big when they started putting their lifestyle on display. Perhaps Billy happened upon another gold mine when he bought the ranch. Let’s leave it to Rain to find out.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Bear Brown Explained How the Family Has Supported One Another

With everything the Alaskan Bush People family has been through recently, they’ve been able to find some consolation in each other. Even that has been tough, though, with the family fracturing over Matt Brown’s accusations.

That said, the unit on Alaskan Bush People has become tighter in Billy’s absence. With their patriarch gone, the Brown family has rallied together.

“That is one thing that’s made it a little bit easier, having other people to lean on. Sometimes they’d lean on you, and then other times, you’d lean on them,” said Bear. “I always try to be as completely supportive as I can. It’s definitely the hardest thing that my family has ever been through, but it has been easier having other members of the pack to lean on for sure.”

The upcoming episode of Alaskan Bush People airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel. It will focus on Billy Brown’s death and how the family has been honoring his legacy.

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