For those who’re new to Alaska: The Final Frontier, you may not know what occurred to its star Atz Lee Kilcher. The 41-year-old, who has been on the present since its premiere in 2011, suffered a virtually deadly accident in 2015,
The accident left him with a protracted street to restoration and a lawsuit on his palms. This is what occurred to Atz.
Atz Lee fell off a cliff whereas mountaineering.
In 2015, Atz was mountaineering in Otter Cave close to Homer, AK, when he fell off a cliff. In a press launch shared by his spouse, Jane, the extent of his accidents have been revealed.
“Atz Lee Kilcher, an skilled hiker, suffered a horrible fall when mountaineering in Otter Cove,” she wrote on Fb. “His accidents included a damaged arm, a damaged shoulder, damaged ankle, a damaged hip, crushed ribs and two punctured lungs… It will likely be a difficult and lengthy street to restoration for Atz Lee and the household appreciates everybody’s good ideas at this difficult time.”
Atz, who can be singer Jewel’s youthful brother, gave his followers an replace, writing on Instagram, “Grateful to be alive and at dwelling with my fantastic household. My damaged bones are therapeutic properly contemplating what number of I broke. Lungs are holding sturdy and day-after-day I really feel a bit stronger. The temperature is dropping, leaves are falling to the bottom and the busiest time of yr is upon me, however I do know my household has my again and earlier than lengthy I will likely be again amongst the strolling. Work laborious, dig deep, and by no means hand over.”
He additionally shared pictures of his X-rays and from his hospital mattress. “Nonetheless laborious to acknowledge how dangerous off I used to be. Damaged ankle, hip, shoulder blade, arm, two punctured lungs and over a dozen damaged ribs,” he added. “My restoration goes gradual however regular to me however the DRs say I am recovering quick all contemplating.working laborious with my bodily therapist and looking out ahead to operating and leaping from bushes and mountain tops once more sometime. Because of my household for being by my facet and thanks a lot to all of the individuals which have been preserving me in your ideas and prayers. Persistence is my buddy.”
The Discovery collection chronicled Atz’s accidents and restoration — and one yr after the autumn, Atz shared extra excellent news about his progress. “A yr in the past in the present day I used to be humbled by gravity, worry and friendship,” he captioned a collage of pictures from his hospital mattress. “It has been a tough restoration however I can not complain all contemplating. I nonetheless have my well being, household and mates and that could be a blessing for positive. Thanks everybody to your assist and good needs, issues are completely different now in fact however all in all I’m nicely.”
Atz tried to sue the resort for his fall.
In 2017, Atz filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Alaskan resort looking for damages. In response to The Blast, the truth star is asking for $100,000 and claiming the resort was answerable for his fall.
In court docket papers, Atz accuses Otter Cove of “insufficient guarded and/or warned of sudden precipitous fringe of the land/drop. It’s misleading and harmful,” and alleges the resort “did not adequately warn of and/or present measures to stop visitor and different people … from falling over the precipice on the resort.”
Nonetheless, the resort is combating again and “den[ies] any legal responsibility, accountability, or negligence.” The resort additionally contends that if Atz was mountaineering on the property and obtained injured, “it was because of his personal neglect, and never the accountability of the resort.”
Lawsuit apart, Atz Lee and the Kilcher household is again for Season eight of Alaska: The Final Frontier. In a sneak peek of the present, Atz Lee and his spouse will journey to Adak Island to search out caribou, whereas his father Atz Sr. will attempt to rework his boat into a house. Oh, and Jewel returns to the collection to show her younger son, Kase, the abilities he must survive on the homestead.
Watch Alaska: The Final Frontier Sundays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.