Alaskan Bush People patriarch Billy Brown dead at 68 after seizure as family mourns sudden passing

ALASKAN Bush People patriarch Billy Brown has died at 68 years old after a seizure as his family mourns his sudden passing.

His son, Bear Brown, confirmed the devastating news, along with the cause of death, on Instagram on Monday.

"We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure," the caption read.

"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 hospital in recent years and was previously told by medical professionals that the high altitude wasn't good for him.

He decided to defy doctor's orders and continue to live in the mountains with his family.

The dad of seven shared five sons – Matt, 36, Bam Bam, 34, Bear, 31, Gabe, 29, and Noah, 26 – and two daughters – Bird, 24, and Rain, 16 – with his wife Ami.

The official Alaskan Bush People Facebook page confirmed the news of Billy's death.

"We are devastated to hear of Billy Brown’s sudden passing," a statement on the account read.

"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."

After returning home from one particular hospital visit, Billy told his large family that he'd been having heart problems.

Because he had been having a hard time breathing, he had always assumed it was his lungs – but the diagnosis from his last emergency scare pinpointed the problem being a serious problem with his heart.

Billy Brown was the patriarch of the Alaskan Bush People family.

The Browns left Alaska due to the sudden cancer diagnosis of matriarch Ami and relocated closer to California so she could be treated at UCLA Medical Center.

The reality star family purchased a 435-acre property in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

Her cancer is now in remission despite being given just a three percent chance of survival.

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