Guy East was the father-in-law of Shawn Johnson, a former Olympic gymnast and Dancing With the Stars champion. He was also a former American football player, a beekeeper, a master tradesman, an author, and a devout Christian. He died in his sleep on December 27, 2022, at the age of 63, just two days after celebrating Christmas with his family. The exact cause of his death is unknown, but his family shared a heartfelt tribute to him on Facebook, describing him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Johnson and her husband Andrew East also posted cryptic messages on their Instagram stories, expressing their sadness and grief. Guy East is survived by his wife, Carolyn East, his five children, and his grandchildren.