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Boxing Legend Roy Jones Jr Says Son Has Died By Suicide

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. announced a terrible family tragedy, saying his son died by suicide.

"Unfortunately, my son DeAndre took his life on Saturday," Jones, 55, wrote on social media.

"I'm so thankful that God allowed me to come home Friday night to spend the last night of his life with me and the family. I know a lot of people are going through tough times right now, but nothing is worth taking your own life. God gives it and God should be the one to take it away."

Jones asked fans to "please respect our privacy while my family and I process this loss."

DeAndre is additionally survived by mother, Natlyn, and brothers Roy III and DeShaun.

Per the New York Post:

"Roy Jones Jr. held a litany of championships across several weight classes, ranging from middleweight all the way up to heavyweight.

"In 1994, he defeated James Toney, in a fight dubbed the "Uncivil War," by unanimous decision for the IBF Super Middleweight championship, in a match that Toney entered as an undefeated 46-0.

"Jones Jr. had a trilogy of matches against Antonio Tarver between 2003 and '05, winning the first before losing the next two."

MMA Junkie added that Jones is "all-time boxing great with a record of 66-10. He held major championships in four weight divisions across the span of his career. He competed as recently as April 2023 when he lost to former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis."