Miami Dolphins executive dead at 47

Fans of the Miami Dolphins were saddened this weekend to learn that the team’s senior vice president of communications and community affairs had passed away.

According to Fox News, 47-year-old Jason Jenkins died suddenly on Saturday. His cause of death is not yet known.

Colleagues left “heartbroken” over Jenkins’ passing

The Dolphins’ vice chairman, president, and CEO Tom Garfinkel was quoted as saying, “Our hearts are broken and grieving the loss of a man who was a dear friend and beloved by so many people.”

“Jason faithfully served the Dolphins organization for 14 years, was a beacon in the community, a trailblazer and champion for others, and above all, treated people with a kindness and dignity that left a lasting mark on everyone he met,” the team’s president continued.

“Our deepest condolences and our unwavering support go out to his wife, Elizabeth, and his three children,” Garfinkel concluded.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that team owner Stephen Ross said he was “heartbroken” and described Jenkins as being “an icon in the Miami community, and above all a kind and incredible family man.”

For his part, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel remarked that Jenkins “was a healthy, healthy guy that just brought it every day. … Just full of life.”

“That’s the hardest part,” McDaniel said. “There’s just no words to describe. He has a great family. His wife’s awesome, and his children. It’s tough. It’s a tough one to swallow. He will be missed. He will not be forgotten, I can tell you that much.”

Jenkins was affiliated with a number of organizations

Fox News noted that Jenkins was well known for serving on the boards of multiple organizations throughout South Florida.

Among them were the Anti-Defamation League Florida, Breakthrough Miami, Dolphins Challenge Cancer, Pro Sports Assembly, Urban League of Broward County, Women of Tomorrow, and YWCA Miami.

Will Manso is an anchor for local ABC affiliate WLPG, and he tweeted out a video clip paying tribute the Jenkins’ legacy.  

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