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Detroit Lions Make Official Statement Regarding Death of Marvin Jones' Infant Son

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By Natalie Hunter

Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones disclosed that his 5 month old son Marlo passed away in a heartbreaking Instagram. The infant's cause of death hasn't been announced but the death was seemingly unexpected and sudden.

Marvin Jones is married to Jazmyn Jones. Together the couple have one other son named Marvin III in addition to Marlo. Marvin has been in the NFL for around 7 years playing for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012 to 2015 and the Detroit Lions since 2016.

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Marvin Jones took to Instagram to announce his son's death. He uploaded a picture of Marlo smiling and wrote a touching tribute in the caption. "Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family's heart, Marlo," Jones wrote. "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 every day, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth."

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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) [smiley face emoji]. 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," Jones continued remembering his son.

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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 concluded mournfully.

The Detroit Lions also made an official statement addressing Marlo's death and sending its condolences to the Jones family as reported by PopCulture.

"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, released on Twitter, read.

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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 official twitter account concluded.

The Jones are clear in their request for privacy and respect during this time. It is unknown whether Marvin will take a break from football.

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