In the wake of Jimmy Hayes' sudden and untimely death, these family photos are all the more precious.
A day after the NHL star's shocking passing at 31 on Aug. 23, his wife Kristen Hayes shared the story behind recent portraits taken of them on the beach with their two sons, 3-month-old Mac and 2-year-old Beau.
"On Wednesday we took family photos," Kristen wrote in an Aug. 24 Instagram post. "Little did I know they would be our last photos of a family of four. I have no words. I'm heartbroken. We miss you. We love you. You should be here."
Little is publicly known about the cause of the athlete's passing. Authorities pronounced him dead at his house in Milton, Mass. on Aug. 23, the Boston Globe reported, citing a law enforcement official. A spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to the Boston Globe an autopsy will be conducted.
Jimmy, who played hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, and the New Jersey Devils during his professional career, got to celebrate son Beau's birthday on Aug. 21 before his death.
"Let's keep making more babies," Kristen captioned an Instagram post with photos from a birthday party. "So much fun celebrating these 3 boys over the weekend. The cutest lil friendships (their dads all played hockey together at BC) if you make it to the end that's a preview of college beau can't wait to watch them grow up together."
The mom of two has been taking to social media to honor her husband as she mourns his devastating loss. "I love you so much. i miss you," she wrote on her Instagram Story on Tuesday. "I don't know how I'm going to do life without you."