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Dexter King, younger son of Martin Luther King Jr, dies aged 62

Dexter King, the younger son of Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King, has died after battling prostate cancer.

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Dexter Scott King during Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner 20th Anniversary Holiday Observance at King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)

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The King Center in Atlanta, which Dexter King served as chairperson, said the 62-year-old son of the civil rights leader died on Monday at his California home after battling prostate cancer. His wife, Leah Weber King, said in a statement that he died “peacefully in his sleep”.

Dexter King was named for the Dexter Avenue Baptist church in Alabama where his father once served as pastor, and he was just seven years old when his father was assassinated in 1968. He was the third of the Kings’ four children.

As an adult, Dexter King became an attorney and focused on shepherding his father’s legacy and protecting his family’s intellectual property. In addition to serving as chair of the King Center, he was the King estate’s president.

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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 28: Dexter Scott King (L), son of Martin Luther King, Jr., attends the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Coretta Scott King died in 2006, followed by the King’s oldest child, Yolanda King, in 2007.

“Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel from losing another sibling,” Bernice A King, Dexter King’s youngest sibling, said in a statement.

Dexter King’s older brother, Martin Luther King III, said: “The sudden shock is devastating. 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.”

Atlanta’s mayor, Andre Dickens, said he stood with his city “and so many worldwide in grieving the loss of Dexter Scott King”.

“His profound and unwavering love for his family positioned him as a guardian of his father and mother’s legacies,” Dickens said.

Dickens said Dexter King held various titles, including those of Morehouse College graduate, humanitarian, civil rights activist, and even actor.

“However, above all, he was a devoted family man,” said Dickens, who also offered condolences to Dexter King’s various survivors.

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