Dexter Scott King, Son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dies


Dexter Scott King, the third offspring of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, passed away on Monday following a courageous struggle with prostate cancer, as announced by the King Center. Born at a church in Alabama where his father served as a pastor, King was only 7 years old when the iconic leader of the Civil Rights Movement was assassinated in 1968. He later pursued education at Morehouse College in Atlanta and assumed roles as the chairman of the King Center and president of the King Estate. Dedicated to preserving his father’s legacy, he focused on safeguarding the intellectual property left behind.

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Martin Luther King III, expressing the profound shock, stated, “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.”

Dexter King, who spoke at a news conference in Atlanta in 1994, breathed his last at the age of 62 at his California home after battling prostate cancer. His demise follows the losses of his mother in 2006 and his sister Yolanda King in 2007.

“The Rev. Bernice A. King, Dexter King’s sister, conveyed the indescribable heartbreak she feels from losing another sibling, stating, “Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling.”

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