Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown’s brother Rene has just ‘days to live’ in cancer battle after niece’s tragic death – The Sun
ALASKAN Bush People star Ami Brown’s estranged brother Rene has just “days to live” in his cancer battle, their brother Les Branson exclusively told The Sun.
Rene, 66, is battling renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer.
He underwent surgery a year ago to remove his left kidney, as the family hoped the procedure would put him in remission.
But in September 2019, the cancer spread to his adrenal glands.
By the New Year, the cancer had metastasized to his lungs and lymph nodes, and then later to his spine and bones.
Les told The Sun: “Sadly my brother Rene is dying. He is at home with us and hospice comes once a day to see him. He is on pain medication and in a semi-comatose state.”
“He isn't expected to live much longer. He has slowly deteriorated. In the last week or two, he slowed down considerably. He has a few days to live, we think.”
Rene’s health crisis comes after his daughter Amber passed away on May 1 at age 44 following burns sustained in a fire from an April 29 incident at her home in Texas.
Les previously told The Sun that police responded to a call of a woman lying face down in the front yard of the home she shared with her partner.
Les claimed: “When police arrived on the scene, they found Amber with severe burns over 90 percent of her body. She told the police that her injuries were self-inflicted. When questioned why, she said it was a ‘faith test.’
“When asked what she used, she replied an insect repellant. However, the officers detected the odor of gasoline, and Amber’s boyfriend later found an empty can of gasoline that had been in the garage tossed over a neighbor’s fence.”
Les alleged Amber suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues.
She was transported to the burn center at a Dallas hospital following the harrowing incident.
Les claimed: “Her injuries were deemed ‘non-survivable,’ according to doctors. After being taken off life support at family’s request on April 30, she succumbed to her injuries early the next day.”
Les alleged there is evidence she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
Les told The Sun the death of Amber “hit Rene hard," as it came after their mother Earlene passed away in 2018 at 85.
He continued: "We lost my mom a year and a half ago. My niece Amber's death will haunt me the rest of my life because of how tragic it was. Now her father is about to pass.
“I couldn’t ask for a better big brother.”
Ami, 56, has been estranged from her family ever since she married husband Billy as a teen and moved to Alaska from her native state Texas.
Les said he will not reach out to Ami regarding their brother Rene, whose real name is Larry.
Les explained: "I tried for years to reach out to Ami. I sent letters and birthday cards. Since my mom died, I decided to let Ami do her own thing. I don’t want to pressure her. I assume she’ll find out the news.”
He continued how the estrangement with the Alaskan Bush People star continues to “affect” the family decades later.
Les said: “I blame Billy. It has affected us. It affected my mom. Her and Ami always were very close. Billy didn’t allow insiders in, he didn’t allow them to wander from the family.”
Ami had her own battle with the disease when she was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in April 2017.
Despite being given a three percent chance of survival, she is now in remission.
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