Pro hockey player David Pastrnak, who plays for the Boston Bruins, made the devastating announcement on Monday that his newborn son has died.
He took to Instagram to share a heartbreaking photo of baby Viggo Rohl's feet, notifying his followers of the tragic news that he died on Wednesday, June 23rd, after his girlfriend Rebecca Rohlsson gave birth just 6 days prior.
"Viggo Rohl Pastrnak June 17th, 2021 - June 23rd, 2021. We have an Angel watching over us and we call him SON. You will be loved FOREVER," Pastrnak captioned the post, adding: "Please respect our privacy as we are going through these heartbreaking times."
Members of the hockey world have been sharing their condolences to the young family shortly since the tragic announcement.
"The players and staff of the NHLPA extend their deepest condolences to David Pastrnak and Rebecca Rohlsson on the loss of their newborn son, Viggo," the National Hockey League Players' Association tweeted.
"Heartbroken for Pastrnak," wrote sportswriter Ty Anderson, "Thoughts go out to him and his family."
Joe Haggerty, lead writer for Boston Hockey Now tweeted: "Heartfelt condolences to David Pastrnak and his girlfriend Rebecca on the tragic loss of their baby boy Viggo. It's something no parent should ever have to endure & my heart breaks for them."
uSTADIUM host Brianna Pirre tweeted: "Can't possibly imagine the pain David Pasternak and Rebecca are going through right now. lots of love and healing thoughts from bruins nation. RIP baby Viggo"
His teammates also shared their sympathy: "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. Please keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy during this very difficult time."
Pastrnak and Rohlsson announced that they were expecting a baby boy back in January.
The twenty-five-year-old NHL athlete also spoke to NHL.com in May about their excitement, and how they were getting ready for the big arrival.
"You come home and you don't think about hockey at all, you obviously have other priorities. You're getting ready for the baby, and we couldn't be more excited. So hockey's not been talked about much lately at home and sometimes that's good, you know?" he said.
"When things are going well, it's good, and when things are not going well, sometimes you just need to think about other stuff," continued Pastrnak. "For me, it's been definitely something new, but I'm so excited. Family is always going to be No. 1, and 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."
Rest in Peace, baby Viggo. Our deepest condolences go out to Pastrnak and his family during this terrible time.