Boston Bruins David Pastrnak Mourns the Death of Newborn Son
Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak is asking for privacy after announcing on Monday the devastating loss of his newborn son, just six days after he was born.
Pastrnak took to his Instagram early Monday morning to share the heartbreaking news that Viggo Rohl Pastrnak passed away on June 23. He was born on June 17.
“We have an Angel watching over us and we call him SON. You will be loved FOREVER,” he writes, accompanied by a black and white photo of his late son’s feet. Pastrnak did not share the cause of death, but requests privacy as he and his girlfriend, Rebecca Rohlsson, mourn the loss of their son. Rohlsson has since turned her Instagram account private.
Back in May, Pastrnak opened up to NHL writer Amalie Benjamin about the importance of family, saying, “Family is always going to be No. 1 at the end of the day. I'm grateful that I can live and work with a job that I love, but at the end of the day it's just a game. (My family) is always going to be No. 1." Pastrnak was clearly excited to expand his family and start a future with Rohlsson, and my heart breaks to think that his excitement has been replaced by sadness.
The Boston Bruins showed their support by releasing a statement: “We are heartbroken by the passing of David and Rebecca’s son, Viggo. David and Rebecca are a part of our family and we share in their loss."
No parent should ever have to navigate through an ordeal like this one. Pastrnak will be hanging up his skates for the time being to mend his heart and mourn in peace.