Emily Mueller became famous earlier this year after photos from her bee-filled maternity photo shoot were widely shared online.
Emily is a full-time beekeeper and mom of three from South Akron, Ohio. While pregnant with her new baby, she decided to pose for photos with her baby bump covered in 20,000 bees.
At the time the photos went viral, Emily confirmed that she was due in November. She told People that she wanted to do something special for what they’d planned to be their last pregnancy. She also explained that she’d first gotten into beekeeping after suffering several miscarriages, and that the insects represent “the beginning of new life.”
Unfortunately, Emily and her husband, Ryan, shared some tragic news earlier this week: their baby, whom they’d named Emersyn Jacob, was stillborn days before his due date.
“So many people awaited the arrival of our sweet famous baby who was the star of our wonderful bee maternity photo shoot. Jesus decided he needed his own beekeeper on Nov 11, 2017 and took our precious son, Emersyn Jacob, back up to Heaven with him,” the family wrote in an announcement on their Facebook page, alongside several photos of baby Emersyn. “Our hearts are deeply saddened and broken more than we could have ever imagined.”
The Muellers thanked their friends, family, community, and strangers all over the world for their love and support, and Emily invited everyone to connect with her Facebook page so that they could all grieve together. “We want the world to know they are welcome to grieve with us and none of us will suffer through this alone,” she wrote.
In a lengthier post on her personal Facebook page, Emily explained the circumstances that led to her son’s death, which she believes was caused by a blood-clotting issue that has affected family members’ pregnancies in the past.
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