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Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr.'s Youngest Son Marlo Dies

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 29, 2019

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions looks to the sidelines during the third quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Dallas defeated Detroit 35-27. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Marlo Jones, the youngest child of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., died suddenly Friday.

The Lions released a statement:

Detroit Lions @Lions

https://t.co/V4GLyovo9a

Jones Jr. also confirmed the news on Instagram and wrote the following:

"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."

Marlo was six months old. He is the fifth child of Marvin and Jazmyn Jones, who also have three sons and a daughter.

The Jones family received an outpouring of support on social media. Lions wideout Danny Amendola and Seahawks safety (and ex-Lion) Quandre Diggs both offered their condolences in comments responding to the Instagram post.

Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, who covered Jones when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals, offered kind words as well:

Paul Dehner Jr. @pauldehnerjr

I don’t think I’ve ever met an NFL player who loved being a dad and family man as much as Marvin. That’s just awful, gut-wrenching news. Prayers for their family. https://t.co/Z1xf1rOqga

Jones, 29, is an eight-year NFL veteran currently in his fourth season in Detroit.