'DWTS' beloved pro faces devastating family loss due to cancer diagnosis

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 12, 2018
10:23 A.M.

Witney Carson recently revealed that she had lost her father-in-law to cancer. She had pulled out of Dancing With The Stars last year to help deal with his illness.


According to Closer Weekly, Kevin McAllister passed away on March 9, 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer last year when he went to the hospital for a different medical problem.

Witney Carson, 24, took to Instagram on Friday to confirm that her father-in-law, Kevin McAllister, had died after battling pancreatic cancer. In her tribute to him, she shared that they were grateful for the time they had with him on this earth.

She shared that it was hard not to question why her husband, Carson McAllister, had to live without his father. Carson also questioned why her children had to not know their grandfather.


But then she stated that she remembered the Plan of Salvation which was to know that they would see him again and that gave her peace. The star revealed that she knew her father-in-law was getting their children ready to come down to meet them.

She added that he was probably spinning them around on the floor at the moment and making them cry out of laughter. Carson stated that she knew he would be there even when they couldn’t see or hold him.

The pro dancer shared that he would lift them up when they had moments of trouble and heartache. She called him their guardian angel shared that they loved him.

‘After two long years of battling and fighting tremendously... our sweet Kevin passed away last night. Although it will be excruciatingly painful at times to live without him, we know he lives on around us being our guardian angel wherever we go.’

Witney Carson, Instagram, March 9, 2018

Carson had previously announced in December 2017 that she was dropping out of the DWTS: Live! Light Up the Night tour to deal with a personal family matter. At the time she’d revealed that her father-in-law been dealing with pancreatic cancer for the last year and a half.


In her Instagram post at the time, the star had shared that a few days before; her father-in-law had been having stomach issues and was unable to keep anything down. Doctors had decided to do an exploratory surgery to find the problem, which they’d thought to be a minor issue.

But unfortunately, it had been cancer that had spread throughout his entire abdomen. Doctors explained at the time of the diagnosis that there was nothing that they could do.


They told the star and his family that they only had a few weeks with him before cancer took his life. After much heartache and discussion, her husband’s father decided to fight it and try another aggressive chemotherapy treatment.

Due to the diagnosis, Carson told her fans that she wouldn’t be taking part in the DWTS tour that winter. She hoped that her fans understand that her place was with her family.

The star shared that she needed to focus on her family and especially her husband. She wished her dance partner, Frankie Muniz, and the whole tour an amazing run.

Carson ended her post by declaring her love for her fans and letting them know that she was devastated that she couldn't be there. But she had promised them at the time that her heart was with them.

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