Heartbreaking news to report.
Family spokesperson, Bruce Carter, said that Jefferson suffered a heart attack and died around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas.
"Please keep his family in your prayers and tonight make sure you hug and tell your loved ones how much you love them", Carter said.
Carter told NBC5 that Jefferson "just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter". My daughter was 28. My daughter was 28 years old.
"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end", Carter said.
Police were called to Atatiana Jefferson's house in the early hours of October 12 after a neighbor informed authorities the woman's front door was open. If you see something going on at my house with my daughter... you need to call police. "But it's the way that the police acted".
Carter told KDFW-TV that Marquis Jefferson had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung condition that obstructs airflow and makes breathing more hard. Somebody loved her and there was a better way.
He also added, "Unlike Botham Jean, I don't want no hug".
She was killed on October 12 while playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.
She was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew when she heard what she thought was a prowler outside, according to family members, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Jefferson's father was referencing the hugs at Amber Guyger's murder trial, who was found convicted of murdering Botham Jean in his own home on September 6, 2018. "That's my one and only daughter", he told CBS DFW.
Dean shone his flashlight into the window, said 'Put your hands up, show me your hands, ' and fired a split second later, without identifying himself as police, bodycam video showed.