Martin Luther King Jr’s Son Dexter Dies At 62
  • Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of Martin Luther King Jr., has died after a battle with prostate cancer, the King Center has announced. He was just 62 years old.
  • “He transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home with me in Malibu,” says his wife, Leah Weber King. “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.”
  • King, who was named after Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama, was only 7 years old when his father was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. He spent most of his life working to preserve his dad’s legacy and protect his intellectual property. He even played his father in the 2002 TV movie The Rosa Parks Story. “Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling,” says King’s sister, Reverend Bernice A. King. “I’m praying for strength to get through this very difficult time.”
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