When he was alive, Michael Sabbie was a doting stay-at-home dad, who cooked every meal for his children before and shuffling them to practices and school, his widow Teresa said.

Now, his 13-year-old son has had to take on many of the day-to-day chores his father once managed while Teresa works at a juvenile detention center to provide for her family.

“Without his help, I don’t think I could’ve made it through this,” Teresa Sabbie, Michael Sabbie’s widow, told NBC News.

Teresa Sabbie said in the two years that have passed since Michael’s death, their son has been catapulted into adulthood.

The Sabbie family’s life was upended when Michael died inside the Bi-State jail, located on the Texas-Arkansas border, in July 2015. He repeated the same phrase nearly two dozen times to correction officers.

“I can’t breathe.”