In the chilling wilderness of Alaska’s vast tundra, Sue Aikens has become a legendary figure known for her invincible spirit and determination to survive. People love the wild spirit of Aikens to take any battle and make sure to triumph over it.
Yet, amid the harsh elements of the Arctic wilderness, Aikens faced another heart-wrenching chapter in her life involving her granddaughter’s passing. Fans are now wondering about the reasons, issues, and circumstances.
In season 21 of “Life Below Zero,” Sue Aikens paid a heartfelt tribute to her late granddaughter and sister. Recently, Sue’s granddaughter Drew McClurg passed away. In the episode, she shared how her granddaughter and her family are important to her. However, the reason for Drew’s death isn’t revealed by the family or Sue.
Born on July 1, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois, United States, Sue Aikens is known as a producer. She is also known as a survivalist who gained recognition through the documentary television series “Life Below Zero” in 2013. She also worked in “The Joe Rogan Experience” (2009), “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” (2010), “Flying Wild Alaska” (2011), “Fox and Friends” (2014), and “Panama” (2022).
The show ‘Life Below Zero’ focuses on the daily lives and challenges of individuals living in remote and extreme conditions in Alaska. This show is aired on National Geographic Channel and has been running since 2013.
Sue Aikens somehow became the focal point of the show as she ventures alone in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. She lives alone at Kavik River Camp, a remote camp located 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Talking about Aikens’s childhood, her parents were divorced, and she then moved to Alaska along with her mother at the mere age of 12. Soon after, her mother passed away, leaving little Aiken to mend her ways in the wilderness of Alaska. However, despite every challenge, she managed to get through and even completed high school at Lowell Whiteman School.
Sue suffered a lot in her life, including her personal life. She was married twice, and both marriages ended on an unfortunate note. Her first husband died because of brain cancer, and her marriage went through a divorce after 17 years of being married. From these marriages, Aikens has 2 children. Jennifer Payne and Jesse are all grown up and even have their own family.
Sue is currently dating Michael Heinrich, who is an electrician from New York. Both seem to be very invested in this long-distance relationship. However, both parties have yet to announce any official news about the marriage. She also went from a lawsuit she filed against the show’s producers, claiming that for dangerous scenes, her well-being was ignored.
Aikens is also known for her modest lifestyle, which often raises her net worth and income. Since starting the show ‘Life Below Zero,’ her net worth has reached an estimated $500,000. From the set of the show, she is one of the highest-paid actors, earning $4,500 per episode.
What Happened to Sue Aikens Granddaughter?
People were still grieving the sudden passing of Trisha Stratford when another saddening news story emerged. In the 21st season of ‘Life Below Zero,’ Sue Aikens opened up about her recent losses. She paid a heartfelt tribute to her late granddaughter and sister during the show. It was reported that Sue’s granddaughter, Drew McClurg, passed away recently.
Neither the family nor Sue disclosed the specific reason for Drew’s passing. She also opened up about the importance of her family in her life. Sue also shared the news of the demise of her late sister on the show and paid a tribute as well.
Ever since the show was aired, fans of the show have been supporting Aikens over different platforms. A fan expressed their admiration for Sue’s touching tributes, stating, “Sue, your tributes to your sister and granddaughter were beautiful.” May the beautiful souls rest in peace.
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