Alaskan Bush People fans are demanding that the network pull the Discovery channel show off the air rather than exploit the sad death of the show’s lead character, Billy Brown. The deceased patriarch died in February 2021, after suffering a fatal seizure at the age of 68.
The network recently shared the Season 14 trailer for the popular series on the official Alaskan Bush People Instagram account.
The trailer was captioned—”The Wolfpack faces a new era, one year after the death of the beloved patriarch, Billy Brown.’
The sneak peek featured clips from the upcoming season, highlighting some of the hardships suffered by the Alaska natives since last season.
“This last year has taught us life is precious and uncertain,” Ami Brown, Billy’s widow, says in narration.
Billy and Ami’s 32-year-old son, Gabe, adds — “After being displaced by the fire and losing dad, we just want to get back in the bush.”
A viewer shared the new preview on a Reddit forum dedicated to the Discovery reality show. Fans called out the network for seemingly exploiting the tragic plot twist.
One user wrote—“You don’t want to miss our exciting and not at all exploitative MEDICAL ISSUE DRAMA! Why won’t they let this show die.”
Another chimed in—“such bad taste for the family and the network to do this, this show needs to be canceled.”
The trailer also featured Bird Brown, 27, weeping after being rushed to the hospital with a mystery ailment. Bird’s sister, Rain, 19, is by her side as she breaks down. The clip showed Bird telling a camera—“I got this,” but viewers were left guessing about the reality star’s health issue.
Billy’s son, Bear Brown, 35, spoke out about his father’s death on Instagram.
He captioned his post—“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 requested “privacy and prayers” in the weeks following Billy’s passing.
The official Alaskan Bush People Facebook account also addressed the news, via a statement.
“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.”
Billy had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years and was previously told by doctors that the high altitude wasn’t good for his health. Billy ultimately ignored the medical advice and continued his life in the mountains with his family.
Billy and Ami shared five sons, Matt, 40, Bam Bam, 37, Bear, Gabe, and Noah, 30, and daughters, Bird and Rain.
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