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No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:57 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 5:08 pm
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                                                            (AP)
By Ryan Wilson

On Monday, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin lost his son, 21-year-old Michael Philbin, after his body was recovered from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday but the results aren't expected for at least a month. According to wire reports, Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel said that they do not suspect foul play.

On Tuesday, Philbin spoke about his son, and he also thanked local authorities for their efforts. 

“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly," Philbin said in a statement released by the team. "He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. 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.”

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that "The Philbin family is obviously going through a tough time. As we always have, we're family-first in this organization. We're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to a positive conclusion."

Green Bay faces the New York Giants in a playoff game this weekend. Players from both sides took to Twitter to support Philbin.

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley: "Life throws the bad things at us to make the good things all the more worthwhile."

Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (who lost his father within the last week): "As children, we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child."

Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton
: "Please say a prayer for the Philbin family"

And Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck added: "Our prayers go out to the Philbin family and Packer nation for their loss."

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TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:09 pm
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Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:35 am
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

What do the police suspect?  Hard to say but consider this:  The area he was found is adjacent to the UW-O campus.  It is not unusual to see people (students) out walking on the ice in that area.  Being an unusually mild winter, the ice may not be safe yet and he might have just fallen through?  



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:02 am
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

So what exactly DOES the Oshkosh PD suspect? Irresponsibilty on the part of the kid?  A 21 yr old goes missing late night/early morning and his body is fished from a river--which I imagine is near freezing right now.  Certainly he didn't go for a swim and suddenly cramped up.  Perhaps the PD has given more info to the family about what they suspect but haven't stated it publicly.  Terrible fate.      



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:27 am
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

This has got to be such a terrible loss and at an unfortunate time with the holiday memories so fresh
I get your meaning but there is never a "fortunate" time to lose a loved one.......especially a child



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:18 am
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

Usually the standard line is "we haven't ruled out foul play" because until they get the autopsy, they can't rule it out. I guess saying they don't "suspect" foul play is a softer way of saying the same thing.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:40 am
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

This has got to be such a terrible loss and at an unfortunate time with the holiday memories so fresh. Not a good way to start the year for the Philbin familty. Thoughts and prayers to them, may God's blessings comfort them at this difficult time. R.I.P. Joe Philbin.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:22 pm
 

No foul play suspected in Michael Philbin's death

I can't imagine losing one of my kids,children are suppose to out live their parents.....I feel any Parent that has to go through something like this.


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