ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The son of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones has died.

 

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions and his family stand on the sidelines during a moment of silence for the passing of their young son, prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

 

The Lions announced the death of Jones’ son, Marlo, in a statement Saturday night, and Jones posted a message on Instagram.

 

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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 miss you already buddy and will forever love you,” Jones said in his social media post. “Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.”

A team spokesman said Marlo was about 6 months old.

 

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions and his family stand on the sidelines during a moment of silence for the passing of their young son, prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

 

The Lions said they were informed Saturday by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about their son’s sudden death.

 

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions and his family stand on the sidelines during a moment of silence for the passing of their young son, prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

 

“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,” the team said. “On behalf of the Jones family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the matter at this time.”

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – DECEMBER 08: Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones #11 warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

 

The Lions finish their season with a home game Sunday against Green Bay. Jones went on injured reserve earlier this month.

 

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