Son Of Packers Assistant Coach Found Dead
The body of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin’s son has been recovered from a Wisconsin River, just one day after the 21-year-old was reported missing.
ESPN is reporting that an autopsy will be conducted on the body of Michael Philbin to determine his cause of death.
Michael T. Philbin, 21, disappeared early Sunday and was reported missing that night. His body was recovered from the Fox River by divers on Monday, but Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel waited a day to release the name out of respect for the family’s privacy.
“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him,” Joe Philbin said in a statement Tuesday that was released by the Packers. “We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss.
“Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner’s office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal.”
News of Philbin’s death comes as the Packers are preparing to host the New York Giants in an NFC playoff game Sunday. The team canceled players’ media availability Monday shortly before Philbin’s body was found.