Video of teen receiving birthday gift from deceased father goes viral

Heartbreaking video shows Johnny Crow tearfully accepting a guitar from the Port Huron Music Center as a birthday gift from his father

Chandler Mae Crow/CBS Detroit

PORT HURON, Mich. — An eastern Michigan teenager whose father recently passed away has received a surprise birthday gift from him posthumously, CBS Detroit reports

Heartbreaking video footage shows 16-year-old Johnny Crow tearfully accepting a Dean Razorback guitar from the Port Huron Music Center as a birthday gift from his father, John.

Crow died at the age of 49 after a heart attack in April.

The music center’s owner, Pete Kruse, says Crow ordered the guitar in January for his son. About a month ago, Kruse contacted Johnny’s 20-year-old sister, Chandler Mae, about the gift.

“When she showed me I just dropped to my knees, I just couldn’t believe it,” she wrote on Facebook. “But I had to keep it a secret until his birthday.”

So today is my little brothers 16th birthday, and his first birthday without our dad. But, dad was always filled with…

Posted by Chandler Mae Crow on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

She captured footage of the birthday surprise, and shared it on social media. The video has been viewed more than 6 million times on Facebook.

And him receiving it. ��

Posted by Chandler Mae Crow on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Johnny says the supportive messages and shared stories of grief have helped him cope with the loss of his father. 

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