On February 8 the beloved patriarch, Billy Brown, of the Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Bush People,” passed away after having a seizure. He was 68-years-old.
Since then, both the Discovery Channel and several members of the family, such as Bear Brown and Matt Brown, have spoken out about the death of Brown. There was also a tribute episode called “The Legacy of Billy Brown,” which shared a number of confessional and special moments from the family regarding Billy Brown.
It was an emotional tribute to the show’s leading figure. The tribute also allowed the family to break their silence on his death. Now, however, some details regarding his funeral have also been released.
Billy Brown Funeral Details
Billy Brown from “Alaskan Bush People” was cremated on February 22.
According to The Sun, the funeral services happened at the Bergh Funeral Service in Oroville, Washington. He was listed as an actor and a member of the television industry.
Bear Brown had shared the news of Billy Brown passing away on social media. He wrote, “He was our best friend – a wonderful and loving dad, granddad and husband and he will be dearly missed. He lived his life on his terms, off the grid and off the land and taught us to live like that as well. We plan to honor his legacy going forward, and to continue with his dream.”
The family has been asking for privacy during this very difficult time. The funeral was a small, private event for Billy Brown.
Previous Health and Living Conditions
In season eight of “Alaskan Bush People,” the family makes the move to Washington and leaves their home in Alaska. The move happened due to medical reasons.
However, it was due to medical issues Ami Brown was having at the time.
According to Looper, Ami was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. The family decided to leave Alaska and move a little closer to civilization in Washington. Ami needed to be closer to better treatment options. They moved into a $2.7 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California, for a bit before that while she was receiving treatment.
The family owns a 400-acre piece of land in Okanogan County now. There have been claims in the past that the family does not actually live where the show claims they do.
In 2016 Bam Bam and Billy Brown spent 30 days in jail after lying about where they lived. They did so to receive state assistance. In 2014, they were also charged with 24 counts of falsification and theft for collecting government checks and claiming to live in Alaska.
Some people claimed they lived in a hotel between filming. Others have spotted the family in California, Oregon, and Washington instead of out in the bush.
In the past, Billy Brown was in the hospital for various reasons. Doctors had told him that the high altitudes he was living in were not good for his health. However, Billy Brown defied the doctor’s wishes and had told his family of his heart problems.