Marvin Jones’ youngest son, Marlo, has died suddenly, the Detroit Lions wide receiver confirmed in a heartbreaking Instagram post. The child was only 6 months old.
“Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo,” he wrote, sharing a photo of the adorable child, which you can see later in this article.
“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,” the post continued.
“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 cause of death was not clear.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Detroit Lions Confirmed Marlo’s Sudden Passing & Praised Marvin & His Wife Jazmyn for Their Love of Family
In a statement, the Detroit Lions confirmed the sad news, writing, “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. 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.”
Marlo, at age 3 months, posed with his dad for a Pampers diaper promotion. You can see that picture here. The team highlights Marvin’s fatherhood as a positive example to others.
According to the Baller Life, Marvin and Jazmyn were high school sweethearts who had their first child after dating for two years. At the time, Marvin Jones was only 18 and just starting college at the University of California. Their first child is named Marvin Jones III, and he was born in 2009. Two years later, they had another child, and the children kept coming after that.
2. Marvin Tweeted About Marlo’s Birth in July 2019
“Marlo Levi Jones comes home! Jones Starting 5 is complete! ?? #blessed,” Marvin announced on Twitter back in July 2019.
In an October interview with Marvin about fatherhood, The Athletic wrote that he and wife Jazmyn “have five children together, ranging from Marvin Jones III, born two weeks after his dad’s freshman-year bowl game at Cal, on down to their most recent addition.”
That was baby Marlo. He told the Athletic then: “This is my last diaper phase.” In the same interview, Jones talked about how his older kids “grew up in the game.”
“…I had my two older kids, I had them in college, so it’s just something they’re used to,” he told The Athletic. “They grew up in the game.” The couple’s other sons are named Mareon and Murrell and they have a daughter named Mya.
3. Marvin Jones Described His Family as His ‘Whole Heart’
Just a few days ago, for Christmas, Marvin posted a video showing his entire family together and looking happy. On Twitter, Marvin Jones Jr. describes himself as “Husband. Father of 5. Business Owner. Singer. Spanish Speaker. NFL Wide Receiver. Blessed.”
Marvin frequently posts about his wife and children on his social media accounts. He recently described his family as his “whole heart.”
In fact, he recently partnered with Pampers to get more changing stations in public restrooms. When one of his other sons was small, Marvin posted a video emulating the Lion King.
Athletic talents run in the Jones’ family, so maybe the kids will inherit some of it. In addition to Marvin’s clear talents (he can sing as well as play football by the way), his sister is a track star.
4. Fans Offered Condolences to Marvin & His Family
Fans took to social media to offer condolences. “Marvin Jones has always been a player I’ve respected despite the rivalry. I feel for him today, man,” wrote one.
“Lions WR Marvin Jones youngest son suddenly just passed away Heartbreaking,” wrote another. “My heart goes out to Marvin Jones family..May God give you strength and be with you during this difficult time,” another fan tweeted.
“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 Lions wrote.
5. Marvin Jones & His Wife Own a Bundt Cake Franchise
Marvin and Jazmyn have a home-spun business. They sell bundt cakes. They opened the franchise in Troy, Michigan. The franchise is a bakery.
The Detroit Lions shared a video of the new bundt cake endeavor. “I’ve always wanted to own a business since I was younger. I tried this cake and it was absolutely amazing. I just liked the feel of it when people came into the bakery and how joyous they were and friendly they were. Like I said, the cake was awesome,” Jazmyn said in the video.
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