Amber Portwood’s father died on Tuesday evening, her brother has confirmed. The tragic news comes after the 24-year-old Teen Mom star’s dad Shawn Portwood, Sr. had been placed in a medically-induced coma following liver surgery.
Amber’s brother, Shawn Jr., tell the Daily Mail:
“My dad passed away last night. He was 50. He was put in an induced coma on Friday after liver surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center. We are making burial arrangements now. My dad was the most important person in Amber’s and my life. He was a very strong-willed person and even though he was battling illness for a very long time, he never gave up. He didn’t give up on life. He didn’t give up on his family. He didn’t want to give up. I like to think that he was able to see my son, Eli, for the last time before he died. He lived through pain for many years but it didn’t prevent him from sticking it through all the way to the end.”
It’s devastating news for Amber, who has is rebuilding her life after a stint in jail and stay sober with the help of her beloved, late father. Shawn continues:
“I know that he helped Amber because he gave her strength to get better. He is the reason she was able to turn her life around. He set the precedent for what she needed to do to get better. What Amber was able to accomplish by getting her life back on track had a lot to do with our dad. I know for a fact that he was always proud of what we accomplished. Me and Amber. He was proud that she was able to get through those tough times.”
The Teen Mom star was too emotional to speak when he called her to say that their father had passed away.
“When I called Amber to tell her, she didn’t say a whole lot of anything. She was too busy crying. He’s been sick for a while but there is no way to prepare for this. He was a great man and he deserves to be remembered in the best way. He was our heart and soul and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I never thought I was capable of feeling the way I do now after losing my father and a million tears will not take this pain away from me, Amber, and the rest of his family.”
Amber recently shared on Twitter that she had traveled to Florida to be at her dad’s hospital bedside and left on Monday morning, unfortunately the day before he passed away.
Shawn, Jr. explained that Amber left due to an illness: “Amber’s got strep throat and flew back to Indiana a few days ago. She and Leah are getting on a plane now to come to Florida.. His mom and Amber’s and my grandmother Harlene is here now with us. It was tough because the last time we were able to talk to him it was just about pain and doctors and stuff like that.”
The reality star tweeted on Sunday: “Everyone please pray for my father he’s in ICU…I appreciate it and sending love always.”
The next day, Amber wrote: “Just to clear the record I was in Florida the morning after I found out my dad was in ICU and by his side until I left this morning.”
I just want to say thank you to everyone for all your kind words.This is a heartbreaking time for my family your prayers help..love always❤
— Amber Portwood (@AmberLPortwood) December 18, 2014
Amber didn’t have to respond to anyone about her whereabouts, this is a private matter. We send condolences to the Portwood family for the loss of their patriarch.
Source: Daily Mail
— Teen Mom (@TeenMomRW) February 20, 2013