Alaskan Bush People's late Billy Brown cuddles his grandson River, 1, in son Bear's photo taken before his death

Alaskan Bush People's late Billy Brown cuddles his grandson River, 1, in son Bear's photo taken before his death

February 1, 2022

ALASKAN Bush People's Bear Brown shared the final snaps taken of his late father Billy Brown and his grandson, River.

In the picture, a sleeping Billy has a hold of River who is reaching towards the camera.


In a second snap, Bear's mom Ami gazes at the toddler who is sitting with his grandpa.

Bear captioned: "I’m glad my Dad got to meet my son, his grandson, I will always remember the twinkle in his eyes when he held him!

"Hold tight to your loved ones! You never know when it’s the last moment you’ll get with them!"

Alaskan Bush People star Billy died in his Washington home in early February.



He passed away as medics attempted to save him with CPR and called for an emergency helicopter. 

A Washington Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Sun that a call was made at 4:03pm on Sunday. 

The Sheriff told The Sun: “Medical requested a helicopter. It doesn’t appear he was transported to the hospital by medical. He passed away at the house.”

The Sheriff added that medics “attempted CPR” on the patriarch. 


He continued: “Medics and fire were on the scene a hour and a half before the Sheriff’s Office was called. We respond to all deaths. At this point, nothing suspicious or criminal.”

Bear confirmed the passing as he captioned captioned a photo of his mother and father: "We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure.

"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 also asked for "privacy and prayers" during the difficult time.

Billy had been in and out of the hospital in recent years and was previously told by medical professionals that the high altitude wasn't good for him.


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The father of seven decided to defy doctor's orders and continue to live in the mountains with his family.

TLC released in a statement to The Sun: “We are devastated to hear of Billy Brown’s sudden passing.  

"He has been part of the Discovery family for years – a trailblazer, a lovely man and most definitely one of a kind. Our heart is with his family and those that knew him and loved him as they deal with this devastating loss.”

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