Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones’ 6-month-old son dies — ‘You have gained your wings’

by Editorial Team

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. announced Saturday night that his infant son has died.

“Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo,” Jones wrote of his 6-month-old son. “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. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you.”

Jones, 29, and wife Jazmyn had just shared a Christmas video of Marlo and their four other children in matching holiday pajamas online days earlier.

“We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too). We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes every day. We know that everything that we do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, we will think of your smile,” Jones wrote. “We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.”

Earlier this year, Jones, along with several other NFL players, partnered with Pampers to install 5,000 changing tables across North america by 2021 to help dads.

“Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community,” the Lions said in a statement Saturday night. “We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”

The Green Bay Packers, who play the Lions Sunday, also shared their “deepest sympathies.”

Jones did not reveal how his son died.


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