Marvin Jones, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, made a shocking announcement, when he revealed that his six-month-old son, Marlo, had passed away. Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, share five kids together and Marlo was the youngest.
The announcement came via Jones' Instagram account.
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 👼🏽👼🏽
The news came as quite a shock, as there were no indications that Marlo was ill. Just three days before his passing, Jones posted a family video at home that included Marlo.
"Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 & Many Blessings to all from the Jones’ 🙏🏽" Jones captioned that video.
The Detroit Lions, who Jones plays for, released a statement about Marlo's passing.
“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 team wrote. “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. On behalf of the Jones family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the matter at this time."
The Green Bay Packers, who Detroit is set to play on Sunday, also shared their condolences, saying "Our deepest sympathies go out to the Jones family & the Lions organization during this difficult time."
There has been no cause of death announced at this team.