Marquis Jefferson suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital in Dallas on Friday night, family spokesman Bruce Carter said. His death comes less than a month after his daughter was fatally shot by a police officer in her home in Fort Worth, Texas. Atatiana Jefferson was his only child.
“He ultimately just succumbed to, I don’t know, I can only say a broken heart,” 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.”
His daughter was killed while playing with her nephew
In the early morning hours of October 12, Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her nephew when two officers arrived at her home.
Neither of the officers had identified themselves as police.
Dean resigned from the force and has been charged with murder. An attorney representing him previously declined to comment.
In the days following the shooting, the former officer declined to speak with investigators, an October arrest warrant states, and his attorneys had told police he’d provide a written statement at a later date.
Atatiana Jefferson, graduated from Louisiana’s Xavier University in 2014 with a degree in biology and worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales.
She had just moved back to the home to care for her ailing mother.