Billy Brown, star of "Alaskan Bush People," recently passed away after suffering a seizure. This came amid the reality star's battle with a heart condition.
Billy Brown, patriarch of the Brown family from the popular Discovery Channel television series "Alaskan Bush People," has died. He was aged 68.
Taking to Twitter, Discovery Channel described the loss as devastating and added that Billy was a trailblazer and a lovely man. The network concluded by sending condolences to his family.
Speaking about the tragic loss, Billy's son, Bear, described his father as a wonderful and loving father while revealing that he passed away on Sunday night after suffering a seizure.
Bear also recalled how Billy lived on his own terms and how they plan to uphold his legacy even in death. He also asked for privacy from the public as his family comes to terms with the loss.
Over the past few years, fans of "Alaskan Bush People" have watched Billy go in and out of the hospital as he struggled with several medical issues.
Though it was initially believed that Billy's declining health stemmed from respiratory issues, doctors would later diagnose him with a weak heart and advised that he leave the mountain.
Billy and his wife Ami have starred in "Alaskan Bush People" alongside their seven children since 2014.
According to the doctors, the high altitude on the mountain where he lived with his family would only worsen his health, so moving elsewhere was suggested.
However, Billy refused to take the doctor's advice, stating that he would rather die on the mountain than anywhere else. Despite his family's attempt at convincing him, he refused to move.
Taking proactive steps, before he returned from his last hospital visit, Billy's children dragged their parents' trailer to a lower terrain in a bid to help improve his health.
Billy and his wife Ami have starred in "Alaskan Bush People" alongside their seven children since 2014. Together, they give fans a glimpse into their exciting lives away from the rest of the world.
While Billy's death is indeed a rude shock, this is not the first time his family is experiencing heartbreak in recent years. In 2017, Ami was diagnosed with lung cancer, which she battled with for a while.
However, by 2018, she was declared cancer-free after undergoing a series of treatments for the disease. As expected, this was great news for the Browns.
Ami Brown at the Discovery Communications portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour on January 9, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images
Billy might not have pulled through his health issues, but from all indications, he died a brave man. Undoubtedly, this amazing reality star and family man will be greatly missed!