TRAGEDY has struck the Alaskan Bush People, after it was revealed beloved dog Mr. Cupcake suddenly died.
The sad news came out during the October 17 episode of the Discovery series.
In a clip from the show, three shots rang out across the wilderness, signifying an emergency.
As the family rushed to come together, sister Snowbird, 26, emerged from the back of the house, and dropped to her knees, tears streaming down her face.
Kneeling in the snow, she revealed: "It's Mr. Cupcake. I'm sorry. He's…he's gone."
A shocked brother Bear, 34, asked for clarification: "He's dead? How?"
"He just didn't wake up," a clearly emotional Bird replied, wiping away the tears.
Mr. Cupcake was a large Belgian Tervuren – a sheepdog known for its intelligence and love of hard work.
The loyal pooch came to the family as a puppy in 2015, and Bird and Rain instantly fell in love.
Later, while sitting down in front of the camera, Snowbird explained: "I was pretty devastated and caught off guard" by the unexpected death.
Sister Rain added: "It's very hard to process. Mr. Cupcake was very close with all of us. And he was a very important part of the family."
Rain was just nine-years-old when the family adopted the dog. And it was her choice to name him "Mr. Cupcake."
FANS SHARE SORROW
Fans shared their emotions online after learning of the loss as well.
One viewer shared: "I am so sorry. I know it hurts. I have tears in my eyes because I have lost dogs too."
"Awe I'm so sorry to hear that," another added. "RIP Mr Cupcake. Run free over the Rainbow Bridge."
A third person echoed the sentiments: "Oh I’m so sorry, I loved him too, although from afar."
In the end, Bear may have summed it up best: "He had a great life. He did. There was never a happier dog than him."
It's been a crushing year of loss for the Brown family.
In February, patriarch Billy died at the age of 68 after suffering a seizure in his Washington home.
In an emotional clip from an upcoming episode, wife Ami, 58, mourned for her late husband during the heartbreaking confessional.
Billy's widow opened up and said: "His life was ending. He said I love you."
The Alaskan Bush People star wore a jacket over her black blouse and had glasses on her teary-eyed face.
The caption of the video stated: "For a long time we thought just being in the Bush was keeping him alive, but I think it was just being with us."
Billy's passing came after he decided to defy doctor's orders and continue to live in the mountains with his family.
He 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.
After returning home from one particular hospital visit, Billy told his large family that he'd been having heart problems.
In heartbreaking scenes on the reality show, Billy's wife Ami told their adult kids that their father wasn’t going to get better.
CAUSE OF DEATH
At the time, son Bear confirmed the devastating news, along with the cause of death, on Instagram.
The caption read: "We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure.
"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."
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