A sudden, unexpected death left a Dancing With the Stars champion and her entire family in shock just days after Christmas.
Shawn Johnson’s father-in-law, Guy East, died in his sleep on December 27, 2022. According to a Facebook post shared by his family.
“Guy loved the Lord, devoted himself to the scriptures, lived a righteous life, and did everything in his power to help others do the same. He was a family man, always there for his children and grandchildren and always anxious to bless, encourage and teach them,” reads part of the post.
Johnson is married to Andrew East, son of Guy East. On December 30, 2022, Andrew East shared a tribute post with his father on his Instagram feed.
“Most called him superhuman, I called him dad. many tears. lots of laughs. painful and yet joyful. nor the day that the Lord made,” Johnson’s husband titled the post. More than a week later, following Guy East’s funeral, she shared a few personal posts on her Instagram Stories.
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Johnson thanked friends and fans for their support during the challenging time
A few weeks after Guy East’s death, Johnson took a moment to share her sincere gratitude with those who have offered their help or simply offered their condolences to her and her family.
“I know it’s been a minute. I just want to jump up and say — before we start our regular scheduled content of anything — I just want to say thank you,” Johnson said in a candid video shared to her Instagram Stories.
“Thank you for your prayers, your good wishes and your feelings. And your virtual hugs and flowers and cards. And to everyone who reached out to send food to our family. And the food trains. And babysit. And everything. All the pieces of the puzzle that people have picked up over the past week. Thanks,” she continued.
“It was a very tough week. And it was full of emotions. And I think it’s going to stay that way for a while. I think there will be a lot of ups and downs. But we are very, very lucky to have such a strong family that has a very strong faith,” she said before finishing her posts.
“Thank you. It was felt. And it really helped.”
Johnson shared some photos from Guy East’s funeral
The East family held a memorial service for Guy East and the church was completely filled with family and friends, according to photos Johnson previously shared on her Instagram Stories.
“The fairest celebration of the fairest soul,” Johnson captioned a photo of the church during the service. All the benches were full.
After the service, Johnson snapped a photo outside the church where Guy East’s colleagues had lined the parking lot.
“All of the father’s workers waited outside the church to honor him,” she captioned an image as she and her family drove through a line of parked cars and trucks — all of the workers stood in front of their vehicles, holding their blue hard hats over chests .
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