Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr.’s Infant Son Has Died

Marlo Jones was just six months old

Marvin Jones Jr. of the Detroit Lions in action during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)
Marvin Jones Jr. of the Detroit Lions in action during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / December 29, 2019 2:03 pm

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. has opened up about a devastating personal tragedy, announcing on social media that his infant son Marlo died suddenly on Friday (Dec. 27).

Jones shared a photo of the child on Instagram Saturday, captioning it, “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.”

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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 👼🏽👼🏽

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“We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you,” he continued. “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.”

The Detroit Lions put out a statement about the infant’s passing on Saturday night, writing, “The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during this extremely difficult time. 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 played in nine games for the Lions in 2019 before an ankle injury ended his season. There’s no word on his six-month-old’s cause of death.

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