Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr reveals death of son DeAndre, 32, by suicide

Roy Jones Jr. looks on during the Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith Media workout at The Trafford Centre on January 18, 2023 in Manchester
Roy Jones Jr. announced the death of his son on Instagram (Getty)

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr has announced that his son, DeAndre, has died by suicide.

DeAndre, who would have turned 33 in July, was one of Jones’ three sons who he shared with wife Natlyn.

He had a twin brother DeShaun and an older brother Roy III. During his teenage years, DeAndre formed a rap trio called ‘3D’ with DeShaun and their cousin Dyllon Burnside.

Jones Jr said he spent DeAndre’s final evening with him and other family members on Friday before he took his own life at the weekend.

In a statement, Jones Jr said: ‘Unfortunately my son DeAndre took his life Saturday.

Roy Jones Jr's message to fans after the death of his son
Roy Jones Jr’s message to fans after the death of his son (Instagram)

‘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.

‘Please respect our privacy while my family and I process this loss. Thank you for the love and support.’

Roy Jones Jr. celebrates with his belts after defeating Julio Gonzalez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in 2001
Roy Jones Jr is regarded as one of boxing’s greatest ever fighters (Getty)

Authorities are yet to confirm any details surrounding DeAndre’s death. 

Jones Jr, 55, is regarded as an all-time boxing great with a record of 66-10.

He held world titles in four weight divisions across the span of his 35-year professional career.

His last fight was in April 2023 when he lost to former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

Jones Jr has also trained Chris Eubank Jr and American heavyweight Jared Anderson.

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