Jones Jr says son DeAndre took his own life

Roy Jones Jr wears boxing pads and holds up his hands
Roy Jones Jr is a four-weight world champion [Getty Images]

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr has said that his son, DeAndre, "took his own life" over the weekend.

Representatives of the Jones family told NBC News that DeAndre was aged 32.

Jones Jr, 55, who held world titles at middleweight, super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight, has asked for privacy while his family "process this loss".

"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," Jones Jr said in a statement on X.

"I know a lot of people are going through tough times right now, but nothing is worth taking your own life."

Jones Jr last fought on 1 April 2023 when he suffered a majority decision defeat against Sergio Pettis.

The American won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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