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There are new updates about the tragic death of Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son. It turns out that the NFL star met the young boy for the first time in the hospital while he was on life support.

According to TMZ, Peterson found out he was the father of the toddler roughly 2-3 months ago.

“The mother of the child had a paternity test done with an ex she suspected to be the father, in an effort to collect child support from him. But the test turned up negative, so the woman went to Adrian … with whom she had a sexual encounter several years ago,” the site reports. “When Adrian was first informed about the matter, he didn’t question the possibility he was the dad — but rather asked how he could help the situation.”

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The deceased child is not to be mistaken with Peterson’s other son, Adrian Jr., who is around the same age.

As we reported earlier, the 2-year-old died Friday from wounds inflicted by the mother’s boyfriend, identified as 27-year-old Joey Patterson. He’s been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.

“I’ll be ready to roll, focused,” Peterson told Associated Press at the Minnesota Vikings practice on Friday. “Football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need.”

TMZ reports Peterson and Patterson have never met.

Click through the slides to read the words of encouragement that poured in for Peterson from other celebs, below.

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