Alaskan Bush People's Bear Brown shares emotional post as he remembers father Billy following his death

ALASKAN Bush People fans rushed to support Bear Brown on Instagram after he shared an emotional post today.

The 33-year-old reality star's dad Billy sadly passed away in January aged 68 and many believed his cryptic selfie was in honour of the patriarch.

Taking to Instagram, Bear shared a stoic photo of himself infront of last night's full moon.

Looking glass-eyed in the shot, he captioned the sombre post: "Tonight my heart breaks…….. ?".

After sharing the photo, the Discovery star was flooded with comments from fans, who shared messages of support.

One penned: "So sorry for the loss of your dad praying for you and your family."

"Be strong Bro," another shared. "Oh bless you time will help heal x".

A fourth penned: "I’ve been there … it never goes away , but it does get easier to deal with the pain".

Over the weekend, Bear revealed to fans a cross necklace he had made in honor of his dad.

The chain is inscribed with: "My dad, my hero, my angel".

Fans immediatly rushed to pay their respects to Billy and the touching tribute, with one saying: "Aww that’s such a nice and precious thing to have bear."

While another said: "Hope you're ok buddy."

Bear confirmed the news on Instagram on January 3 that his dad Billy had sadly passed away.

The caption read: "We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure… we plan to honor his legacy going forward, and to continue with his dream."

Billy had been risking his health after deciding to defy doctor's orders and live on the mountain.

He had been in and out of hospital in recent years and was previously told by medical professionals that high altitude wasn't good for him.

The higher up Billy was from sea level, the harder it was for the Alaskan Bush People patriarch to breathe.

After returning home from one particular hospital visit, Billy told his large family that he was 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.

In heartbreaking scenes on the reality show, Billy's wife Ami told their adult kids that their father wasn’t going to get better.

Billy decided that he’d rather die on his Alaskan Bush People mountain rather than anywhere else.

However, the children made the decision to move their parent’s trailer lower down the mountain – in an attempt to help with Billy’s breathing problems.

Before the patriarch arrived home from the hospital, his kids dragged the trailer down the frozen mountain trail until it was at a lower spot.

However, this all happened before the latest season of the popular reality show aired.

Billy was seen on the last Alaskan Bush People season on the mountain with his family, but then the fire hit and reports indicated that they lost a lot of their ranch.

The Brown's real estate empire in Washington- which is over 436 acres of land- was previously destroyed due to the wildfire.

In an Instagram post, Bear revealed that the family suffered a “devastating loss” after losing their home.

He captioned a series of photos of the forest fire: “A fire swept through our mountain, our home! The [loss] seems to be great! It’s still burning! I’ll keep everyone posted! God bless!"

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