As some of you in BJJ community may have heard, Marcelo and Tati Garcia's infant son Joey passed away today.
Official word came Josh Waitzkin, co-founder of the MG in Action website
"Dear MGA Family, I am heartbroken to say that Marcelo and Tati's beautiful little boy, Joey, passed away today. As you all know, Joey and his sister Olivia were born dangerously premature, after just under 24 weeks of pregnancy. They both endured unbelievable hardships, more than most of us will know in our lives, in their first four months on this earth. Such strong spirits. Heart surgeries, lung surgeries, intestinal surgeries, eye surgeries, infections, and they fought on. Thankfully Olivia is doing well, growing, almost 5 pounds now, and will hopefully be able to come home in weeks. Her resilience has been incredible. Poor Joey's heart gave out after a very complicated lung surgery. He died in peace, surrounded by love in Tati's arms, his dad right there beside him.
The pain that Tati and Marcelo are in is unimaginable. We have arranged for the funeral service to be in Philadelphia, tomorrow afternoon, 2pm at the William H Logan Funeral Home at 2410 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. It would mean the world to them if those of us who can travel make the trip down to see little Joey in his casket. If there was ever a time that our dear friends need support and love it is now.
We will be closing the school for all day Tuesday, so students and staff can travel to Philadelphia. Thank you for giving Tati and Marcelo love.
Clearly this heartbreaking news as Marcelo and Tati are pillars of the jiu jitsu community and wonderful people. That such a tragedy has befallen their family is truly awful. The thoughts of the Bloody Elbow staff are with the Garcia family at his awful time and we extend to them our most heartfelt condolences.