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Tributes have flooded the Facebook page of cancer campaigner, Connie Johnson, who has died from breast cancer, The New Daily reports.

Gold Logie-winning actor and brother to Connie, Samuel Johnson, announced his sister had died on their Love Your Sister charity Facebook page on Friday evening.

The post was shared almost 45,000 times.

“We lost Connie today. Or as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today,” Samuel wrote.

“It was so beautiful. We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her, which she loved [mostly!],” he said.

“Thanks for everything, Connie Cottonsocks. It was my pleasure to be your Sammy Seal.”

Around 60,000 followers of Connie and Samuel’s cancer charity left heartfelt messages on the Facebook page, with many confessing their pain despite not knowing Connie personally.

The day before her death, Connie had been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia at her beside in a Canberra hospice in recognition of her cancer charity work.

Her brother Samuel said her eyes “danced liked a kid” when the Governor General Peter Cosgrove “popped in” and awarded the medal 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 wrote on social media.

“On behalf of my beautiful sister Connie, who I dedicate this award to, I would like to urge any family watching affected by cancer or not to join us in our quest to keep our families safe from the terrors of cancer,” he said, according to

“Love your or Love Your Sister on Facebook. I love you, Connie, I love you.”

Last year Johnson revealed he was retiring from his 25-year acting career to concentrate on raising $10 million for the charity.


Tributes flow for late cancer campaigner Connie Johnson (The New Daily)

Connie Johnson gets Order of Australia while in her hospice bed (

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