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"We Feel Very Lucky To Be Axel's Parents": NHL Star Erik Karlsson And Wife Melinda Karlsson Are Mourning The Loss Of Their Unborn Son

March 23, 2018

There is nothing more devasting than the loss of a child. But losing a kid who is still in the tummy of their mother is a different kind of pain. The Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife are mourning their child.

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They were excited about the baby

Married in August 2017, the couple announced that they were expecting. By December, they revealed it was a boy. Naturally, they were very excited because it was the first time for them.

But the child did not make it

The baby was due to be born in April. Karlsson had been posting on social media about his son's upcoming birth, most recently sharing a photo of him and Melinda on Feb. 19 with the caption "just me and my little family.''

He sat out Ottawa's 7-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday night.

The team released a statement saying the Karlsson's had "the collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community.''

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The team requested privacy for the family. On Wednesday, Karlsson tweeted that his son, named Axel, was stillborn. "At this extremely difficult time it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but we know one day we'll get there," he wrote.

The grieving dad blasts an online troll

An online troll who has been harassing Erik for months has now attacked his wife, Melinda, on Instagram after the death of their son, Axel.

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Erik Karlsson issued a statement on Instagram on Wednesday. And this Instagram user with the name, sandydandy45, posted a comment laying blame on Melinda, accusing her of taking too many painkillers during the pregnancy. Erik and many supporters quickly responded to the abuse.

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The hockey world was quick to voice its condolences and support. "The players and staff of the NHLPA extend their condolences to Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son," tweeted the NHL Players' Association.

All our love to the Karlsson family as they deal with the grief.

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