Sister Wives Canceled in Wake of Garrison Brown Suicide?

As you’ve very likely heard by now, Garrison Brown is dead at the very young age of 25.

The son of Sister Wives cast members Janelle and Kody Brown, Garrison reportedly committed suicide via gunshot wound on March 5.

The news is truly horrific.

A Sister Wives poster
The cast of Sister Wives poses here for a promotional poster. (TLC)

Janelle confirmed the news on Instagram Tuesday, writing:

“Kody and I are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our beautiful boy Robert Garrison Brown. He was a bright spot in the lives of all who knew him.

“His loss will leave such a big hole in our lives that it takes our breath away. We ask that you please respect our privacy and join us in honoring his memory.”

Garrison appeared on numerous episodes of Sister Wives and had been in the news fairly often over the past few years due to his feud with his dad.

The 25-year old and his brother, Gabe, stopped talking to their father in 2021 due to the very strict rules and regulations Kody put in place amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The father of 17 basically forbid his kids from seeing any friends or significant others out of concern for their safety (or mostly his own, as Kody admitted back then), resulting in Garrison eventually buying his own home in order get some distance from this parent.

As far as we know? At the time of his death?

Garrison was still not close to Kody at all.

Kody Brown here on Sister Wives
Kody Brown is likely saying something selfish in this scene. (TLC)

Kody has confessed to being an awful father, while Janelle said on the Sister Wives: Look Back special in December 2022 that Garrison was “somewhat” in communication with Kody.

But she also made it clear back then there had been “no reconciliation” between father and son.

Again, it’s all extremely sad.

It’s just a heartbreaking tragedy.

But many observers now can’t help but wonder whether it will have an impact on the future of this TLC series.

Janelle Brown on TLC special
Janelle Brown is featured here on the Sister Wives tell-all special. (Image Credit: TLC)

At the moment, Sister Wives Season 19 is a go.

We believe cameras are rolling on episodes that likely won’t air until early 2025; yes, that’s how far ahead they shoot installments for most reality shows.

However, is it really appropriate to air these episodes in the wake of Garrison’s death?

How will any storyline be received, how will executives justify covering any topic, that is NOT Garrison’s suicide?

And if Sister Wives does become a program dedicated just to the tragedy of Garrison Brown, might this come across like producers are exploiting the young man’s passing?

Kody Brown here with Janelle Brown
Kody Brown and Janelle Brown share the screen here. They no longer share a marriage. (TLC)

There’s no easy answer here. And there’s also no clear answer.

We simply don’t know right now.

Janelle and Kody have five kids aside from Garrison, who fans first met on air back in 2010: Madison, Logan, Gabriel, Hunter and Savanah.

Over the years, as previously cited, Kody’s relationship with his children had become strained.

In a confessional interview at one point in 2022, Janelle expressed concern over her children’s lack of connection with their father.

“I have worried about my boys’ mental health. Gabriel feels everything very, very deeply. But he’s also the kid who doesn’t say anything,” she said before adding that Garrison “just seems angry or sadder, like, he’s not as happy-go-lucky as he used to be.”

Janelle Brown speaks to the camera here on Sister Wives.
Janelle Brown addresses the camera in this confessional from Season 18. (Image Credit: TLC)

Added Kody on a May 2023 episode:

“I haven’t been in touch with Gabriel and Garrison for quite a while.

“I’m pretty sad that I’m not close [to them] anymore. There was just so many things in our lives that we did that were rich together, you know, just special experiences.

“I think and hope that in time we’ll just get over this and that we’ll be safe being back around each other. Right now, there’s not really an open door with Gabe and Garrison.

“They’re they’re not willing to engage me.”

Kody Brown on a special
Kody Brown is all dressed up for this Season 18 one-on-one special. (TLC)

On Tuesday, meanwhile, Lieutenant Charles M. Hernandez II of the Flagstaff Police Department confirmed the following:

“On 03/05/2024 Flagstaff Police officers responded to a report of a death inside a home.”

The FPD confirmed that Garrison’s brother Gabriel “discovered Mr. Brown deceased” in an apparent suicide.

TLC then issued a statement that read:

“We are devastated to hear of the tragic loss of Garrison Brown. We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Brown family at this difficult time.”

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