Is Billy OK? 'Alaskan Bush' Dad Brown Suffers Health Scare Amid Wife Ami's Cancer Battle

Nov. 26 2018, Updated 4:03 p.m. ET

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Alaskan Bush People matriarch Ami Brown's cancer battle has taken a toll on her husband Billy's health.

After reports claimed Billy was in the hospital last week, a rep for Discovery told exclusively that the star, 65, "is suffering from an upper respiratory infection."

Fortunately, Bill is "at home right now in Washington taking care of it," the rep assured Radar.

According to a source close to the Brown family, Billy "has been coughing a lot lately, and needed time to heal. But everyone is hopeful that he will be okay."

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Billy's wife Ami, 54 — who spent the past two years in and out of hospitals while battling last-stage lung cancer — is in remission from the deadly disease, yet must still undergo check-ups every three months.

On top of that, Billy and Ami's oldest son Matt Brown, 36, checked into rehab last month after relapsing in his long battle with alcohol abuse.

"Billy has been a rock for his family and it's been a hard year. He always put them first but right now he must focus on his own health and making sure he is okay so that he can continue to be there for them," the insider added.

As Radar previously reported, Billy has a long history of his own medical problems. In 2015, he was caught in camera suffering a severe seizure while working in the woods in Alaska.

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