Dexter Scott King, the younger son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, passed away on Monday after a battle with prostate cancer. The King Center in Atlanta, where Dexter King served as chairman, announced the 62-year-old’s peaceful passing at his home in Malibu, California. In a statement, his wife, Leah Weber King, shared that he died “peacefully in his sleep.”
Dexter King, the third of the Kings’ four children, was named after the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where his father served as a pastor during the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. This event propelled Martin Luther King Jr. to national prominence following Rosa Parks’ arrest.
Beyond his role at the King Center, Dexter King was recognized for his striking resemblance to his father, even portraying him in a 2002 TV movie about Rosa Parks. Following the passing of Coretta Scott King in 2006 and their oldest child, Yolanda King, in 2007, the Rev. Bernice A. King expressed her heartbreak at losing another sibling, stating, “Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel.” His older brother, Martin Luther King III, acknowledged the sudden shock and devastation, seeking prayers for the entire King family during this difficult time.