If you’re an avid Discovery Channel watcher, odds are you know of the late Billy Brown and his off-grid family on “Alaskan Bush People.”
The show has been on for 12 seasons since 2014. Fans got to see the unique personalities live a life off-grid and in the wild of Alaska. However, the family suffered a tremendous loss when their patriarch, Billy Brown, passed away in early February after having a stroke.
Bear Brown announced the news first to fans. He wrote, “He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad, and husband, and he will be dearly missed.” Bear added that the family plans to continue honoring Billy’s legacy and remains committed to his dream of living off the land.”
The first act of continuing his legacy has been remembering his impact on both his family and his fans. This was done with a special tribute episode called “The Legacy of Billy Brown,” which aired on Discovery Channel.
The touching footage shows never-before-seen clips as well as confessionals from Brown’s children that talk about some of the best memories with their father.
Billy Brown and His Daughter
The episode has countless touching and heartwrenching scenes. It’s clear just how much of an impact Billy Brown had on the rest of the family.
However, there was one moment in the special episode between Birdy and Billy that was particularly tear-inducing. Birdy is the second-youngest child, born in 1994. Her full name is Amora Jean Snowbird Brown. However, on “Alaskan Bush People,” they refer to her as Birdy or Snowbird.
Similar to a lot of fans, it’ll be hard to picture the Alaskan wilderness without remembering Brown.
“When I think of the bush, dad’s there. His laugh. He is part of the bush when I think about it,” Birdy said, according to Nicki Swift.
In the clip, the two were talking about her birthday. The two know it’s her birthday soon because of the fall weather slowly turning into more winter-like weather.
This isn’t the part that got us tilting our heads back to hold in the tears, however. It’s an older clip in which Billy Brown gives his daughter a knife that he says he has carried for 30 years. He says, “There’s a lot of brothers. There’s only one you.”
The two share a deeply intimate hug as Brown suggests one day she can give it to her own daughter. It is a wildly powerful and loving moment. Given his death, that knife and that moment likely hold even more significance to Birdy.
She said, her father “would always tell stories even if it was about his childhood or things that he had written for us.” The siblings would “all sit down and he’d read it page by page.” Snowbird shared that she can still hear the sound of her father reading these stories in the back of her mind.
“Alaskan Bush People” was more than a show to the family, but it was a real representation of their lives and their bonds.