Just a couple days after Christmas, Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions wide receiver, his wife and their family found themselves mourning the sudden loss of their son, Marlo. He was six months old.
“Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son ‘Marlito’ has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us,” said Jones on Instagram Saturday night.
Fox News reported Marlo was the youngest of five children that Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, shared together.
The Detroit Lions released a statement to express their condolences to the family.
“Earlier today, we were informed by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about the sudden passing of their youngest son, Marlo. The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during this extremely difficult time. Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”
There has also been an outpouring of support from fans and other NFL players.
Jones is not shy about showing off his family on social media. Just on Christmas, he wished his followers a happy holiday with a video that included Marlo.
The cause of baby Marlo’s death has not been made public.
According to CNN, 29-year-old Jones is in his 8th season with the NFL. He played in 9 games for the Lions prior to his season-ending injury. The Lions end their season today against the Green Bay Packers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family during this difficult time.