Adolph Young Dolph Thornton, Jr., was passed away on Wednesday (July 27) and would have been his 37th birthday, his wife Mia Jaye read a heartfelt, tear-jerking letter to the late love of her life.
I can honestly testify to Bill Spences' assertion that grief is really love with nowhere to go, and Jaye captioned her tribute video with her and their children. It is truly the essence of all the love you desire to give but cant. But I choose to express every ounce of my love for those whom I love because it cannot be bottled up inside.
She concluded, "My family and I will honor him affectionately known as Daddy in our home and Dolph to the rest of the world." Happy birthday, Daddy, and we will always remember you [blue heart emoji].
Jaye talked about his family's suffering after his death and the development of their children. She described her coping as a heavy burden to bear and she thanked Dolph for allowing her to experience genuine soul-tying love.
Young Dolph and Mia Jaye reportedly began their romantic relationship 10 years ago. Two years after meeting in Memphis, the couple welcomed their son, Tre, two years later. In 2017, their daughter, Ari, was born. Mia, who has always referred to Dolph as her soulmate, has always spoken out about her love for him and the family theyve created.
Young Dolph was shot and died on November 17, 2021, while on a visit toMakedas Homemade Cookies in Memphis. Since then, Mia has taken steps to advocate for victims and families who have suffered loss as a result of senseless crimes. She also launched the campaign The Black Men Deserve to Grow Old in 2020.
Mia Jaye's open letter to her late boyfriend is available below.
Adolph, please accept my apologies.
This is the year when our favorite numbers come together. Three and seven. This is the first year in a row that we have had the chance to remember you all together. Over the past eight months, life has been strange. My family is blemished and I, Tre and Ari, cannot go a day without reminiscing about how wonderful life was with you. Ari tells everyone how amazing her dad was and how special he loved his chocolate baby.
Papa, I love you. Make sure you have a wonderful birthday. Your chocolate baby is gorgeous.
Tre is transforming into that special young man who always talked about him that he has become. He admires you in every way, and most days, I feel like he is your reincarnated version of you.
Dad, thank you for letting me have you as a child. I am always trying my best to be a good brother. Amen.
The load on me is unbearable. I miss everything about us and all that we shared. Sometimes I wish I could turn back time or do anything to keep you in the flesh, but I push through all the heavy and emotional thoughts and focus on all the ways I can honor, acknowledge and make you proud.
I love you until the end of time and I thank you for allowing me to have a genuine soul-tied love for as long as we did. My love, my birthday.