One of Discovery's most popular reality shows has been hit with a family tragedy.
Alaskan Bush people follows the Brown family, who live a secluded life in Alaska. According to the network, the family is interesting because "they are unlike any other family in America." They're so far removed from civilization that it can be between 6 and 9 months before they interact with a member of the outside world. The Browns are in such isolation that they have their own accent and dialect.
At the beginning of season 7, Alaskan Bush People dropped a bombshell on viewers. Ami Brown, the matriarch, was suffering from advanced lung cancer.
“Once we got the call that it was cancer, part of me just, like, wanted to run away,” Bam Brown, 32. “But stronger than that was the emotion to get here and to see mom and do whatever I could to be moral support to everyone.”
“To see mom not wanting to get out of bed because it might hurt to walk around the room, that was really difficult,” he continues. “And then when I gave mom a hug, I felt how thin she was. So yeah, that hit me pretty hard. As prepared as I was to walk into the room and go into that, it’s different when you’re there.”
Now, Billy Brown, Ami's husband, is speaking out about his wife's illness and how it's affecting their lives.