‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Bear Brown Opens Up About Billy Brown’s Sudden Passing

by John Jamison
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The Brown family of Alaskan Bush People was rocked to the core by Billy Brown’s sudden death in February. Losing a loved one is never easy, let alone losing one suddenly. But now, Bear Brown is willing to share how he and his family have been coping with the loss.

The current season of Alaskan Bush People has vowed to honor the memory of the late Billy Brown. Tonight, the new episode will reportedly focus on the moments shortly before his death and the weeks and months that followed.

A production crew member made the initial 9-1-1 call when Billy Brown’s seizure began on the night of his death. He was only 68 years old at the time. The Browns had few precious moments with Billy as the medics attempted to resuscitate him. They even called in a helicopter to rush him to the hospital, but it was already too late.

The Alaskan Bush People family has been through a lot recently, even without Billy’s tragic passing. Bear Brown talked to Entertainment Weekly about the aftermath of his father’s death.

“I took it pretty hard. We all did, really, because Da’s passing was pretty unexpected. Everyone I passed on the road or saw me in a store would give me condolences and say how sorry they were. That’s one thing that I try to keep in mind, that the whole world — everyone who watched a show, anyway — loved and definitely misses Da. And it’s hard,” said Bear.

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Bear Brown has done his best to keep it together for himself and his family. But he talked about how his mom has been the strongest of them all.

“I’ve been trying to just keep as strong as I can with both my family and the public. Mom has actually been the stone — she’s been the strongest, to be honest. I have broken down a couple of times in tears and stuff,” Bear continued in the interview.

Speaking of tragedy, the Brown family suffered at the hands of the Palmer Fire that swept through their rural area of Washington in 2020. It did significant damage to the Brown family ranch. But there was a small silver lining to the disaster.

“It gave us something to do instead of just sitting around and moping. We actually have our hands quite full. It was always Da and Mom planning things like the new barn, and so now Mom basically has that on her shoulders. We try and help and stuff, but I’m not really much of a numbers, building guy. But it’s kind of nice having so much to do, to be honest, because it’s honoring Da as well,” Bear continued.

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