Cancer Campaigner Connie Johnson Died: Tributes Flood in the Facebook
Grief has struck the hearts of thousands of people as tributes flood the Facebook page of cancer campaigner, Connie Johnson who has died of breast cancer.
Gold Logie-winning actor and brother to Connie Johnson, Samuel Johnson, announced his sister had died on their Love Your Sister Charity Facebook Page on Friday Evening. The post was shared more than 43,000 times. “We lost Connie Johnson today. Or as she asked me to say that she died of cancer today,” Samuel Johnson wrote.
“It was so beautiful. We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her, which she loved (mostly!),” Actor Samuel Johnson said. “Thanks for everything, Connie Johnson Cotton socks. It was my pleasure to be your Sammy Seal.”
More than 54,000 followers of Connie Johnson and Samuel Johnson’s Cancer Charity left heartfelt messages on the Facebook page, with many confessing their pain despite not knowing Connie Johnson personally.
“I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor even a person you know, but I feel, like a lot of people I am sure, that I lost part of my family today,” Lyndal Jordon wrote.
Catherine Blythe said Connie Johnson fought the Cancer disease bravely until the end and left an incredible legacy to all of us. “While she had her own personal battle, she raised incredible awareness and much-needed funding to mean that one day, we can hope to find a cure for the terrible disease that is cancer. Connie has achieved more in her life that was tragically cut short than most of us will ever achieve in our lives.”
The day before she died, Connie Johnson had been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia at her bedside in a Canberra hospice in recognition of her cancer charity work. Connie Johnson has received an Order of Australia while in her hospice bed.
Her brother and Actor Samuel Johnson said her eyes “danced liked a kid” when the Governor General Peter Cosgrove “popped in” and awarded the OAM Medal of honour on Thursday.
“Afterwards, she looked at me sideways, because she can’t move her head too well, and she kept saying, in her weak and raspy voice… ‘Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Look what we did. We did something,” Samuel Johnson wrote on the social media network.
The celebrity brother already knew Connie’s time was “nigh” when the award was given and asked her supporters to prepare for her death. “This was just in time,” he said following the OAM medal of honour.
“My sister is succumbing finally to the perils of cancer after a three-decade long tussle,” Samuel Johnson said.