‘Alaskan Bush People’ Ami Brown illness: ‘She’s dying,’ says Ami’s brother

Les Branson, the brother of Alaskan Bush People mom Ami Brown, said in an interview that Ami’s illness is fatal and that she is dying of stage 4 lung cancer.

Ami Brown’s stage 4 lung cancer is a life-threatening illness, and even though thousands of fans have written to Discovery Channel, the most recent episodes of Alaskan Bush People have not provided any updates on Ami’s health status.

The median survival rate for this type of cancer is generally 8 months. The word “median” means 50 percent of patients die within that time period, while others live longer.

Only one to two percent of stage 4 lung cancer patients survive for five years. However, as other lung cancer patients and their family members have shared, that survival rate depends on a patient’s gender, genetics, overall health condition, and to what other parts of the body the cancer has spread.

Read also: Ami Brown’s stage 4 lung cancer symptoms 

The timeline of Ami Brown’s illness

Ami Brown’s Alaskan Bush People show finished airing Season 6 on March 15, 2017, and there seemed to be no indication that Ami was ill. Without any delay, Season 7 aired its first episode “Faith and Family” on June 21, 2017. It was the episode that Discovery Channel revealed that Ami was sick.


Early reports of Ami Brown’s illness surfaced in May, which would explain the quick filming of Alaskan Bush People. As of July, Browntown has been abandoned, the family’s Integrity boat has left, and Discovery has closed its office in Hoonah, Alaska.

Read also: What happened to Browntown

The last photo of Ami and Billy Brown was taken at the very end of June in Colorado. Since the photo does not show that Ami had lost any hair, it is questionable whether she had begun her chemotherapy treatment in Los Angeles yet.

Hair loss due to chemotherapy can usually be visible on one’s head, eyebrows, or eyelashes and can begin as early as two to three weeks after chemotherapy treatment.


Did the Brown family wait for Discovery Channel to finish filming Season 7 of Alaskan Bush People before Ami Brown began her cancer treatment? Watching Billy Brown being more concerned about having to leave Browntown than his wife’s illness, it would not come as a surprise.

If Ami Brown was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in May (or before), she is now almost on the halfway mark. Given the fact that she (as well as Billy and Matt) are (or were) reportedly heavy smokers, time is of the essence.

What Ami’s brother had to say

Ami Brown’s illness, Alaskan Bush People, and Ami’s mom Earlene Branson were reportedly the topics of an interview conducted between Radar Online and Ami’s brother Les Branson. Unfortunately, Radar does not publish any complete interview, but only the following snip bits.

Ami Brown’s 84-year-old mom Earlene Branson and brother Les are “deeply saddened” by the news about Ami’s cancer.

“The hardest part is that she’s dying, and we can’t get through to see her,” said Les to Radar Online.

Apparently, Ami’s mom and brother found out about her illness and cancer diagnosis like most everyone else – on television. Unlike some other television viewers, Les does seem to have a sense of realism as to Ami’s chance of surviving her cancer.

Les did comment that “the recent [Alaskan Bush People] ones with Ami’s cancer are so upsetting to her [Ami’s mom]. She is very distraught about it.”

The only other information provided by Radar Online is that Les shared that Ami’s mom, who is experiencing the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, is watching “every single episode” of Alaskan Bush People just to get a glimpse of her daughter.

Billy Brown’s hold over Ami

Billy Brown, the now 64-year-old Alaskan Bush People patriarch, snatched Ami (now 53) from her family nearly 38 years ago when Ami was only 15 years old. Ami’s mom and brother have not seen her since then.

Ami Brown as a young girl

Ami has stood by her husband’s side unconditionally for nearly four decades. The Alaskan Bush People matriarch has given Billy seven children and survived the harsh life in the Alaskan wilderness (at least in the early years).

Read also: The true story of the Alaskan Bush People family

Mom Ami Brown lung cancer illness

Ami Brown at the age of 53

Now that it is time to put Ami’s illness and her chance of survival first, will Alaskan Bush People patriarch Billy Brown set his own interests aside for his wife?