the grandson of milwaukee dollars Head coach Adrian Griffin died over the weekend after he was found unresponsive at the family’s home in Illinois.
He was just 2 years old.
In a statement provided by the dollars, Griffin called the untimely passing of his grandson, Jayce Griffin, a «dying tragedy.» According to multiple reports, he was found by his father on Saturday morning.
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«My grandson Jayce was very special to me and my family, and his passing is an agonizing tragedy that will be felt forever,» Griffin’s statement read.
«I appreciate that you respect our family’s pain and privacy at this time.»
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According to the Champaign County Coroner’s Office, Jayce was pronounced dead Saturday at 10:40 am at Carle Foundation Hospital. Preliminary reports from an autopsy conducted Monday showed no evidence of trauma or foul play.
«At this time, Jayce Griffin’s death appears to be of natural causes pending further testing and final autopsy results,» Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.
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Jayce’s mother, Jasmine Riggs, told WDJT that her son had been dealing with a respiratory infection in the days leading up to his death, but described him as «happy and healthy» after taking him to a doctor’s appointment.
She told the outlet that Jayce was in the care of her father, Alan Griffin, at the time of her death.
Associated Press contributed to this report.