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Here's How 'Alaska: The Last Frontier Star' Atz Lee Is Doing Three Years After His Near-Fatal Fall

By Anna Quintana

If you're new to Alaska: The Last Frontier, you might not know what happened to its star Atz Lee Kilcher. The 41-year-old, who has been on the show since its premiere in 2011, suffered a nearly fatal accident three years ago. 

In 2015, Atz was hiking in Otter Cave near Homer, AK, when he fell off a cliff. In a press release shared by his wife, Jane, the extent of his injuries were revealed. "Atz Lee Kilcher, an experienced hiker, suffered a terrible fall when hiking in Otter Cove," she wrote on Facebook. "His injuries included a broken arm, a broken shoulder, broken ankle , a broken hip, crushed ribs and two punctured lungs. He was hiking with a friend, who fell as well but sustained more minor injuries. It will be a challenging and long road to recovery for Atz Lee and the family appreciates everyone's good thoughts at this challenging time."

Atz, who is also singer Jewel's younger brother, gave his fans an update, writing on Instagram, "Thankful to be alive and at home with my wonderful family. My broken bones are healing nicely considering how many I broke. Lungs are holding strong and every day I feel a little stronger. The temperature is dropping, leaves are falling to the ground and the busiest time of year is upon me, but I know my family has my back and before long I will be back amongst the walking. Work hard, dig deep, and never give up."