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Tragedy has struck the family of Atatiana Jefferson again. Sadly we must report that Marquis A. Jefferson, the father of Atatiana, died Saturday at age 59.

According to reports, Friday night, Marquis Jefferson suffered a heart attack and was taken to the Methodist Charlton Medical Center hospital in Dallas. His death comes less than a month after Atatiana was fatally shot by a police officer in her home in Fort Worth, Texas.

“He ultimately just succumbed to, I don’t know, I can only say a broken heart,” family spokesperson Bruce Carter said. “He just never recovered from the grieving process.”

On October 18, a Dallas County judge granted Marquis Jefferson a temporary restraining order, giving him full authority to make arrangements for his daughter’s funeral and burial.

“He was battling to be a part of her life to the end,” Carter said. “I think it just got the best of him.”

The father had sought the restraining order so he could be included in the arrangements but had a good relationship with his daughter’s mother and siblings, Carter told CNN last month.

Marquis Jefferson told reporters that his daughter, whom he called “Tay,” was “love.” “And that smile? Lord have mercy,” he said last month, “It could brighten up any room.”

The Reporter Newspaper
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