On the one-year anniversary of his brother Jace’s death, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has posted a touching tribute for him on social media.
Last year, Jace Prescott took his own life on April 23. Although reports noted Jace’s death at the time, it wasn’t until months later that his famous brother opened up about what caused his passing. Ever since, Dak has been vocal about mental health issues. He’s become an advocate for mental health education and has tried to normalize the topic.
On Friday morning, Dak Prescott and his other brother, Tad, both honored Jace on their Instagram stories. A full year has gone by since Jace left this Earth. However, his brothers’ unwavering love for their sibling knows no “time” or “distance.” Dak shared an old photo of the three brothers with their arms around each other while smiling for the camera.
Dak added a few thoughts to the photo in his story as well. “Prescott Brothers” the photo is captioned along with “We Love You Jace and Miss you Daily.”
“No Time or Distance can separate us!” Dak Prescott wrote on Instagram.
In addition, Tad shared his own tribute in honor of Jace earlier today. Both men were deeply affected by their family’s loss last year.
“R.I.P. Little Brother. You’re missed Daily,” Tad posted on his Instagram story.
“Jace McKenzie Prescott. 5/10/88 – 4/23/2020,” he added.
Dak Prescott Reveals Brother’s Death Was From Suicide
In September 2020, Dak Prescott opened up about his late brother’s death in a heartbreaking interview. Prescott revealed that Jace’s cause of death was a suicide in an interview with Graham Bensinger. Previous to the interview, the cause was not shared with the public.
The 27-year-old QB sat down alongside his brother, Tad, on an episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger. The two Prescott brothers spoke about Jace’s death and how they came to find out about their brother taking his own life. Dak said his father, Nathaniel, broke the tragic news to him. Tad then reveals in the interview that Jace shot himself.
“I mean, obviously tears and tears and tears,” Dak Prescott said of his initial reaction. “I mean, I sat there and tried to gather what had happened, and wanted to ask why for so many reasons. It was like this sense of all these emotions coming off of my back.”
The Cowboys quarterback also revealed his own struggles with depression last year. Of course, the death of his brother didn’t help, but it started earlier than that. Specifically, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began in the United States, Dak had trouble coping with his anxiety.
“All throughout this quarantine and this offseason, I started experiencing emotions I’ve never felt before,” Prescott said. “Anxiety for the main one. And then, honestly, a couple of days before my brother passed, I would say I started experiencing depression. And to the point of, I didn’t want to work out anymore. I didn’t know necessarily what I was going through, to say the least, and hadn’t been sleeping at all.”
Following a season-ending injury last year, Dak is looking to get back on track and lead Dallas to the playoffs once again. In March, he was cleared to play next season after being deemed fully healthy. The Cowboys obviously agreed since they signed him to a massive four-year, $160 million contract extension the same month.