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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Son Dexter Scott King Dies at 62 From Cancer

Dexter Scott King. Photo/WireImage

Dexter Scott King, the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., passed away at 62 after battling prostate cancer. He was the second youngest child of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Dexter's wife, Leah Weber, announced that he passed away in his sleep at their Malibu, California home. According to CBS, Leah stated, "He gave it everything and battled this terrible disease until the end." She continued, "As with all the challenges in his life, he faced this hurdle with bravery and might." His sister Bernice King, CEO of the King Center, said, "Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling. I'm praying for strength to get through this very difficult time." His brother, Martin Luther King III, stated, "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."

The King family. (Photo/Bernice King/Instagram. Clockwise: Martin Luther King III, Yolanda, Bernice, Coretta, and Dexter)

Dexter reportedly served as the King Estate's President, protecting the family's intellectual property. He also portrayed his father in "The Rosa Parks Story." Dexter is the second child from the King family to die; his sister, Yolanda King, who was the eldest child, died in 2007. Like his father, King was also a Civil Rights activist. He worked as a humanitarian, an animal rights activist, an attorney, an author, and was reportedly a vegan. According to Animals 24-7, King was influenced by the late comedian Dick Gregory to become vegan. Dexter stated, "On January 30, 1988, my twenty-seventh birthday, I became a strict vegetarian. I developed a passion for health and nutrition. My diet consists of fruits, vegetables, tables, grains, nuts, and legumes only, and has for the past 15 years now." He reportedly had a lengthy battle with cancer, but his vegan regimen allowed him to battle the disease for years. He also allegedly convinced his mother, Coretta, to become a vegetarian as well, which is a lifestyle she supposedly adopted for the last 12 years of her life.

Dexter was seven years old when his father was assassinated in 1968—he later wrote Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir about his life as the son of a legendary Civil Rights activist. He's survived by his wife, brother, sister, and niece. To follow this story and other news, click the link to subscribe to Volume 82.


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