The epitome of courageous and hard-working women Sue Aikens (a.k.a Susan Ruth Aikens) is an American hunter and TV personality. She is known for the National Geography documentary series “Life Below Zero.” The show follows the livelihood of several people separated in remote regions of Alaska who makes living by hunting.
One of the bright cast Sue Aikens lives at 197 miles of north Arctic circle, the nearest road is 80 miles from her in Kavik, Alaska, and the nearest neighbor supposedly lives 500 miles away in Fabriansk, Alaska. Aikens shares the territory with predators like Bears and Foxes and one time she was attacked by a grizzly bear which left her to die.
Talking about the unspoiled beauty of Alaska, it is there to feel & cherish however the sub-zero cold temperature of winter is no joke to take. Despite its own disadvantage, Sue Aikens has been living in the Alaskan wilderness for years. In this article, we look into the life of Sue Aikens.
Sue Aikens Wiki/Bio, Age
She was born on the 1st of July, 1963 in Mount Prospect, Illinois, United States. If we add up the numbers she is currently 57 years of age. She holds American citizenship and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity. If you are interested in a long family line then we do know that her grandfather was from Scotland.
She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago until her parents decide to separate when she was 12. Following the divorce, her mother took her to a family friend in Fairbanks, Alaska. And since her mother could not take the tool of the bone-chilling cold she left Alaska. At such a tender age when a typical girl plays with dolls, Sue learned to use guns and bullets for hunting. Surprisingly, the girl from the modern area got along with her new demanding lifestyle and cold of Alaska.
Sue Aikens is married three times, who is her husband?
As much as we think we are familiar with this TV star, Aikens has shared very few details about her personal life. Thanks to our extensive research we have tracked down some hidden information about her husband and married life.
Aikens has married three times but the relationship did not work with any of them. Two passed away due to disease and one left her to pursue a younger girl.
Her first husband died of a brain tumor. Later, she married British man Eddie James Aikens on 13th June 1987. Together the couple lived in Portland, Oregon where Eddie worked as a barber. From the relationship, she gave birth to two children, a boy, and a girl.
After 17 years of marriage, the couple got divorced in 2004. Aikens returned to Alaska and began to live an isolated life in the remote part. While she was busy living day-to-day life in Alaska her ex-husband Eddie passed away in 2009. She attended the funeral and had some kind words for her departed ex-husband. In a heartwarming tribute to her, Aikens wrote on his obituary page:
“I remember that you always came up from behind me, put your arms around me, and would say “I love you Mrs. Aikens” Even when we were divorced, two days before your death, you said the words to me again. In friendship, we found the ability to say and do what we needed. I will so miss your sweet face and smile. Your ability to forgive, and open your heart. I was the catalyst… you the sturdy branches. I am sad “
Her third marriage is quite a mystery; however, she did not stay in the relationship for very long.
Sue Aikens Family. Her children and grandkids
Sue Aikens has a grown-up daughter and a son both are in the thirties. Both of her two children are married and live far away from her in the lower United States. They occasionally pay her visit to Alaska. Her son is younger among the two who got married in September of 2016, and she was present for the occasion.
I slipped the collar last week to see my Son wed his girl. Congrats to them both, yay!! You cant take the Idgie out of this tomato 🙂 pic.twitter.com/F67UsHq2BU
Also, her granddaughter and grandson visit her in Alaska. While away she has the satellite phone and wifi network to keep in touch. Sue loves to exchange gifts with her kids and grandkids. On one occasion, she got a puppy as a gift from her grandkids.
While Sue Aikens was busy living an extraordinary life opportunity came presenting her ways. In 2010, she was exposed to the first reality show appearance in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. She was seen as a Camp Manager in remote Alaska. The opportunity kept coming. In 2011 & 2012, Sue Appeared in four episodes of Flying Wild Alaska. In 2013 she got her breakthrough part in “Life below Zero” and as they say rest is history. Leading to her increasing fame Sue was asked by Joe Rogan to appear in his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. As of 2021, Sue has appeared in a whopping sixteen seasons of “Life Below Zero“ with over 134 episodes under her name. The show also gave a platform to other cast members as Chip Hailstone and his wife Agnes Hailstone, Andy Bassich, Glenn Villeneuve, Ricko DeWilde, Kate Rorke-Bassich,Erik Salitan, Jessie Holmes.
Sue Aikens Salary and Net Worth
As the main cast of “National Geography” show Life Below Zero Sue Aikens earns an impressive salary from the show. Her yearly salary from the show is estimated to be $200,000. She also runs Kaviv River Camp from June through September. She provides her customers with food and accommodation for which she charges $350 per day. Also, she has got the only gas station on the east side of the North Slope. As of 2021, Sue Aikens has an estimated net worth of USD 1.5 Million.
Sue Aikens’ injury issue and the accident. Did she die of a Bear attack?
The lady has a fair share of encounters with accidents resulting in multiple injuries. One time she barely managed to live after a surprise attack from a grizzly bear. Sue had no idea of confrontation from the animal. She sustained torn muscle, head injury and her hips were pulled out of the socket.
Once, the bear retreated and left her for dead Aikens barely managed to drag to the camp. She put some stitches on the torn part and gave herself the first aid. Surprisingly decided to take out on bear. She came out with a gun, track the creature, and killed it. After that, she laid in her camp for ten days without any medical personnel checkup. A pilot circling around her camp found her and took her to the hospital.
Other than this scary encounter, Sue was reportedly injured in a TV stunt which she was asked to perform for Nat Geo’s show “Life Below Zero.” She filed a lawsuit against the producers of the show.
According to the lawsuit filing, Aikens was riding a snowmachine which ended up hitting ice heave. She said she was seriously injured however instead of rescuing her producer instructed the rescue airplane to land at the far end of the runway for the sake of entertainment and thrill.