Dexter Scott King, the son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Sunday at his home in California of prostate cancer. King was 62.
King was the third youngest child of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King. King’s wife, Leah Weber King, said in a statement that he died in his sleep (via CNN). “He gave it everything and battled this terrible disease until the end,” she said. “As with all the challenges in his life, he faced this hurdle with bravery and might.”
Martin Luther King III, who is the older brother of Dexter, said he was devastated at his brother’s passing. “It is hard to have the right words at a moment like this. We ask for your prayers at this time for the entire King family,” he said in a statement (via NBC News).
King was the chairman of The King Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the legacy of Dr. King and his emphasis on nonviolent activism. King was 7 years old when his father was shot in Memphis in 1968 (per CNN).
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