Roy Jones Jr. announces his son, DeAndre, died by suicide

Legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. announced the death of his son, DeAndre, by suicide.

Jones Jr., 55, posted the tragic news on social media on Monday.

“Unfortunately, my son DeAndre took his life on Saturday,” Jones wrote.

“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 that fans “please respect our privacy while my family and I process this loss.”

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Roy Jones Jr. announced on social media that his son, DeAndre, died by suicide. Instagram/@royjonesjrofficial

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Roy Jones Jr. said he spent Friday night with DeAndre before his son’s death on Saturday. PA Images via Getty Images

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

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.

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Roy Jones Jr. won world boxing championships in four different weight classes. Getty Images

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Roy Jones Jr. REUTERS

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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