Dolphins senior VP Jason Jenkins dies

MIAMI GARDENS — Jason Jenkins, the longtime right-hand man to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and for many in the South Florida community the face of the organization’s outreach efforts, died Saturday following a medical emergency.

The exact cause of death was not immediately known.

The Dolphins announced Jenkins’ death at halftime of Saturday night’s game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I am heartbroken,” Ross said. “Jason Jenkins was an icon in the Miami community, and above all a kind and incredible family man. His dedication to our organization was unmatched. He was my friend but most of all he was a generous soul. My heart is with Elizabeth and her children tonight. The Jenkins family will always be a part of the Dolphins family.”

Tom Garfinkel, the Dolphins’ vice chairman, president and CEO said, “Our hearts are broken and grieving the loss of a man who was a dear friend and beloved by so many people. Jason faithfully served the Dolphins organization for 14 years, was a beacon in the community, a trailblazer and champion for others, and above all, treated people with a kindness and dignity that left a lasting mark on everyone he met. Our deepest condolences and our unwavering support go out to his wife, Elizabeth, and his three children.”

The Dolphins paid tribute to Jason Jenkins at halftime of Saturday's game.

Jenkins, 47, began working for the Dolphins in 2009 and was promoted to senior vice president of communications and community affairs in 2015. Few if any community events supported by the Dolphins took place without Jenkins representing the organization.

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