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Cancer fundraiser Connie Johnson dies

Cancer fundraiser Connie Johnson has died after a long battle with the disease, her brother says.

"We lost Connie today. Or, as she asked me to say, she died of cancer today," Gold Logie-winning actor Samuel Johnson wrote on Facebook on Friday.

"It was so beautiful. We laughed, we cried, we sang stupid songs from our childhood to her, which she loved (mostly!).

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

Just the day before her death, the 40-year-old was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in a Canberra hospice for her work on behalf of cancer sufferers, including the establishment of the Love Your Sister charity.

"Afterwards, she looked at me sideways, coz 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!'" her brother wrote on the charity's Facebook page.

Samuel Johnson quit acting last year to focus on fundraising for the Love Your Sister cancer charity.

He pledged to his 380,000 Facebook followers to raise $10 million before taking another acting job.

In July, Johnson revealed his sister was in palliative care after the cancer spread to her lungs, liver, pelvis, spine and knee.

Connie Johnson's family has set up a tribute page for the beloved campaigner at loveyoursister.org.

© AAP 2017

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