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Colts star Ryan Kelly and wife Emma mourn tragic death of their daughter

Joshua Rogers December 21, 2021
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Ryan Kelly and his wife Emma recently announced the sad news of the sudden passing of their daughter, Mary Kate. The couple have been dating for a number of years after first meeting in Atlanta, and Emma Kelly is often at Colts games cheering on her husband.

Colts center Ryan Kelly and his wife Emma have announced the tragic and sudden death of their daughter, Mary Kate. It was the reason why the Colts center missed their win over the New England Patriots on Saturday night.

Family mourns tragic loss of their daughter

“Nothing made me happier than being your Dad,” Kelly wrote on Instagram.

“You gave your Mom and I that gift. You were simply a miracle and always will be. I’m sorry you never got to open those sweet eyes and see us or take your first steps but you have angel wings now. You left this world too soon but we know God had a bigger purpose for you. Your mom and I find comfort knowing you’re being loved on by your great grandparents.

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“Thank you for watching over us and your future siblings. I’ll forever wonder who you’d be today. Until we meet again my sweet girl, I love you.”

Kelly’s wife, Emma, revealed she was about 19 weeks into her pregnancy when they learned on Wednesday that Mary Kate’s heart had stopped suddenly.

“I was so angry at first that I had to deliver her, only for it to become the biggest blessing out of this nightmare,” Emma Kelly wrote on Instagram. “It gave Ryan and I the opportunity to hold our little saint, Mary Kate, before officially saying goodbye to her.

“These 19 weeks with her opened our hearts and souls more than we ever imagined possible nda I’m forever grateful we had some time, earth-side, with the little girl who made us mom and dad.

“She was tiny, perfect and incredibly loved from everyone who knew she existed. I don’t think we’ll ever understand why God decided to call her home when he did but our faith is unshaken. He knows better than we and she was needed back home, in Heaven.”

Emma Kelly and her relationship with Ryan

Ryan Kelly and Emma Zieverink met in 2014 when a job opportunity in Atlanta presented itself to Emma but required her to travel four or five days a week. The couple are actually from the same home town, West Chester, Ohio, but met in a bar in Atlanta.

The couple started dating and Ryan immediately bonded with Emma’s tiny Yorkshire terrier puppy Jake. “They just had this immediate bond,” she told Colts News. “Every time Ryan and I would go to my parents’ house, Jake would lose it.”

After a year, Emma moved to Indianapolis to be with Ryan and Jake moved in with them. Emma has spoken before about how dutiful Ryan is as a dog dad, saying: “This has strengthened our relationship because I can see what kind of a dad he’s going to be. He’s thoughtful. He assumes all duties with Jake. I don’t even have to ask – he assumes duties the second he walks in the door.”

“It’s made me fall in love with him even more,” said Emma. “He’s just so thoughtful and sweet and it’s not just with me – it’s with Jake too. He just goes above and beyond always.”

Emma Kelly on Instagram

Emma Zieverink Kelly can be found on Instagram @emmalouzoo. She has more than 3k followers and has 843 posts to date. Many of her posts include husband Ryan, and Emma can often be seen at Colts games supporting her husband.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.