Discovery Channel fans were saddened by the sudden death of Billy Brown, longtime star of Alaskan Bush People, in February 2021. As the patriarch of the family, Billy was central to the series. Billy Brown’s son, Bear Brown, broke the news via his private Instagram account, according to People.
“We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure,” he reportedly wrote. “He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad, and husband, and he will be dearly missed.” Bear Brown added that the family plans to continue to honor Billy’s legacy and remains committed to his dream of living off the land.
Billy was a regular character on the Discovery Channel for many years. As a central character on Alaskan Bush People, he became synonymous with off-grid living and one of the network’s most well-known stars.
In a statement after his death, Discovery described Billy as “a lovely man and most definitely one of a kind,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Discovery then aired a special episode in Billy’s honor. All we can say is have your tissues ready.
Alaskan Bush People: Billy Had A Sweet Moment With His Daughter.
Discovery Channel aired a special episode of Alaskan Bush People as a tribute to Billy Brown weeks after his death in February 2021. While the whole thing was a sad farewell to a beloved reality TV icon, there was one moment in particular that was particularly touching: a conversation between Billy Brown and his daughter Snowbird Brown.
Birdy takes after her father. She is a hard worker who loves the outdoors and is dedicated to the idea of living off the land. Billy Brown interrupts Birdy’s work to talk about her birthday.
“It’s fall. It’s heading into winter, so that means your birthday is coming,” he says,” he says. “I noticed,” replies a beaming Snowbird Brown. The scene then shifts to a confessional with Bridy, who attributes her love of nature and hard work to her father. “When I think of the bush, dad’s there,” she says. “His laugh. He’s part of the bush when I think about it.”
The camera cuts back to the conversation between father and daughter to show Billy Brown pulling out a small knife. “I’ve carried this in my pocket for almost 30 years,” Billy says, handing it to Snowbird Brown to take. “There are many brothers. There’s only one of you.” A visibly moved Snowbird Brown then hugs her father. The conversation ends with Billy Brown suggesting that, someday, Birdy may give the knife to his daughter. Though a seemingly simple moment between father and daughter, Billy’s gesture has even more meaning now that he is gone.