Martin Luther King Jr.’s Youngest Son Dexter Dies at 62

Dexter Scott King died after a battle with prostate cancer.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest son, Dexter Scott King, has passed away. He was 62 years old.

CNN reports that Dexter died on Monday due to prostate cancer.  He was the third child of MLK and Coretta Scott King.

Dexter’s wife, Leah Weber King, issued a statement via the King Center.

“He transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home with me in Malibu,” she said. “He gave it everything and battled this terrible disease until the end. As with all the challenges in his life, he faced this hurdle with bravery and might.”

Dexter’s brother, Martin Luther King III also expressed his grief: “I am deeply saddened to share that my brother, Dexter Scott King, has passed away. The sudden shock is devastating. It is hard to have the right words at a moment like this. Please keep the entire King family in your prayers, and in particular Dexter’s wife, Leah Weber.”

Dexter and Weber King married in 2013 and bore no children. Dexter graduated from Morehouse College, worked as the chairman of the King Center, and was the president of the King Estate.

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