The six-month-old son of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones has died.
The youngest of his five children – Marlo Jones – died Friday. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
Marvin Jones shared an emotional Instagram post writing: ‘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.
‘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. 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 everyday. 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. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.’
Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, have three older boys and a three-year-old daughter, Mya.
The Lions released a statement on Saturday.
‘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,’ the statement said.
‘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. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.’
Jones, who is on injured reserve, will not play on Sunday as Detroit (3-11-1) hosts the Green Bay Packers (12-3) in the teams’ regular-season finale.
The 29-year-old Jones recorded 62 receptions for 779 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games this season. He sustained an ankle injury late in Detroit’s 20-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on December 8.
Jones has 347 catches for 5,047 yards and 42 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Lions.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Michelle Curran