Actor Sam Johnson yesterday paid tribute to his sister Connie, who died yesterday following her battle with cancer.
“We lost Connie today. Or, as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today,” he wrote on Facebook. “It was so beautiful. We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her, which she loved (mostly!). I read her so many village messages, which she relished. She went so richly, and with such grace. Trust me, she was genuinely cushioned by your love, till the end.”
Connie Johnson, 40, became the face of the Love Your Sister charity, which raised a staggering $4m towards cancer research through campaigning across Australia.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove dropped by Connie’s bed at a Canberra hospice on Thursday to award the mother-of-two a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her tireless work for others battling breast cancer.
Sam Johnson made Herculean steps to the cause including cycling around Australia, with a Gold Logie win and speech bringing further public attention the wider campaign.
In February 2016, he announced his retirement from acting in order to help focus on Connie’s fundraising efforts.
“Smart people helped me build a place for us villagers to share our confusement. Please leave your tributes there, so our family can keep them forever? www.loveforconnie.org,” he said.
“I’m sad and sorry to be the one to tell you this, yet at the same time, as the Chief Custodian of my sister’s legacy, I also feel extremely grateful and proud.”
— ABC News Canberra (@abcnewsCanberra) September 8, 2017