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Philbin releases statement about deceased son


Police confirmed Tuesday what we first sadly learned on Monday evening. Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son Michael passed away after his body was found at the bottom of the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Joe Philbin released a statement through the Packers on Tuesday evening.

“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss.

“Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner’s office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal.”

Michael Philbin was 21 years old.  He had five siblings. Police are still investigating the incident, but they do not believe any foul play was involved.

It’s an unimaginable time for the entire Philbin family. We send our thoughts and condolences.

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11 Responses to “Philbin releases statement about deceased son”
  1. vikescry1 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:24 PM

    21 is way too early… my thought’s and prayers with the philbin family.

  2. snoilog says: Jan 10, 2012 8:25 PM


  3. donniebmc says: Jan 10, 2012 8:26 PM

    Can’t imagine going through something like this. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  4. pone27 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:30 PM

    Don’t care about what happened in his past whatsoever, being somewhat close to his age makes me say to myself: Nobody deserves to pass at that age. At an age like that, ANYONE can turn their life around.

    Condolences to the Philbin family, from a Patriots fan.

  5. knightringonow says: Jan 10, 2012 8:34 PM

    Goes to show you how much of a game football is. I mean, Packers win another Super Bowl, so what? Compared to the life of his son?

  6. bleed4philly says: Jan 10, 2012 8:41 PM

    I feel for ya, I just lost a loved one to cancer, my thoughts and prayers will be extended to you and your family tonight. one of the great things that we have to console us as humans is sports, it definitely helps to ease the pain of losing a loved one.

  7. natibengalgirl says: Jan 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Always hard to lose someone in a tragedy like this.

  8. bertilfox says: Jan 10, 2012 9:06 PM

    As a father, I would have to say this is the absolute toughest loss imaginable. My heart goes out to this family. May they find the strength to endure this difficult time.

  9. thegreatness34 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    Our prayers to the family. God Bless

  10. charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway says: Jan 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    We’re all with the philbins. Football means nothing in perspective.

  11. mulva312 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:58 AM

    No mention of his jail time?