Pregnant DWTS pro Jenna Johnson mourns the death of her baby niece after ‘unimaginable’ stillbirth and shares heartbreaking photos from child’s funeral
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Dancing With The Stars dancer Jenna Johnson has announced the tragic death of her baby niece, Lennon Sky Johnson.
Jenna, 28 – who is currently expecting her first child with husband Val Chmerkovskiy, 36 – posted heartbreaking snaps from Lennon’s funeral after the baby was stillborn on December 2.
Photos from the service showed Lennon’s parents, Jenna’s brother Skyler and his wife Ashton, paying tribute to their beloved daughter, embracing next to the coffin and a beautiful photo of their child.
Jenna wrote: ‘My angel little brother and sweet sister in law went through the unimaginable as they lost their baby girl this last week.
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Tragedy: Dancing With The Stars dancer Jenna Johnson has announced the tragic death of her baby niece, Lennon Sky Johnson
‘I’ve been in awe at their examples of hope and immeasurable strength during this heart wrenching time. So grateful for forever families and that our whole family was able to be together in honor of our beautiful niece,
‘Lennon Sky Johnson. Please send Skyler and Ashton all of the love and prayers.’
Jenna’s DWTS co-stars sent their love and support in the comments, with Peta Murgatroyd writing: ‘Hard to “like” this post. Sending you and your family all the love.’
Gleb Savchenko wrote: ‘Lots of love Jennachka to you and your family, heart breaking’ while Alan Bersten wrote: ‘I’m so sorry 🙁 sending all my love to your family.’
Family: Jenna, 28 posted heartbreaking snaps from Lennon’s funeral after the baby was stillborn on December 2
First child: Jenna is currently expecting her first child with husband Val Chmerkovskiy, 36
Heartbreaking: Jenna’s sister-in-law Ashton shared a photo of the couple with their daughter
Tribute: The couple paid tribute to their adored daughter at the beautiful service
Emma Slater wrote: ‘I’m so so sorry Jen. This is painful to read sending all my love to Skyler and Ashton’ with Artem Chigvintsev writing: ‘Sending lots of love and healing.’
Jenna also wrote a loving message on Ashton’s post about Lennon’s funeral, writing: ‘The most precious angel. Lennon has the best parents ever and will forever be protecting and guiding you. Love you all so much!’
Jenna is due to give birth to her first child in the next month.
She married Val in 2019 and announced her pregnancy this April.
Val is the brother of Dancing With The Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy who is married to Peta Murgatroyd, also a pro on the show.
Support: Jenna’s DWTS co-stars sent their love and support in the comments
Johnson explained how they found out they were expecting a child.
She said, ‘We got home [from a trip to Cabo] and about two weeks later I was like, ‘Wait a minute, my boobs are feeling very big and very sore. I haven’t started my period yet.’
‘So I peed on a stick and immediately it just turned positive,’ Johnson said.
‘The shock and just disbelief was insane. I couldn’t believe it because it wasn’t an easy journey for us to get pregnant.
‘But everybody tells you, ‘When you just relax and you don’t put the stress on yourself, it happens for you.’ That’s exactly what happened,’ she added. ‘I think it was exactly when it was meant to be. Our little baby was created with a lot of love. It all seems so magical and meant to be.’
Post: A pregnant Jenna is seen with husband Val last month