In a heartbreaking announcement, legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. shared the devastating news of his son DeAndre’s untimely death by suicide. The 55-year-old former world champion took to social media on Monday to inform fans and supporters of the tragic loss.

“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.”

The grieving father asked for privacy during this difficult time as his family processes their immense loss. DeAndre is survived by his mother, Natlyn, and brothers Roy III and DeShaun.

Roy Jones Jr., a name synonymous with boxing greatness, has held numerous championships across multiple weight classes, from middleweight to heavyweight. In 1994, he famously defeated James Toney in a bout dubbed the “Uncivil War,” securing the IBF Super Middleweight championship against the undefeated 46-0 Toney.

Jones Jr. also had a notable trilogy of matches against Antonio Tarver between 2003 and 2005, winning the first fight but losing the subsequent two. His career has been marked by resilience, skill, and an unwavering spirit, qualities he now channels into coping with this profound personal tragedy.

The boxing legend’s message serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of mental health. Jones Jr. emphasized that no hardship is worth ending one’s life, highlighting the sanctity of life as a divine gift. His heartfelt plea resonates deeply in a time where many are facing unprecedented challenges.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 is available for support, or you can visit for resources and assistance.

Jones Jr.’s candid expression of grief and faith underscores the importance of family and faith in navigating life’s darkest moments. As he leans on his beliefs and loved ones, his public acknowledgment of this painful event may offer solace and encouragement to others enduring similar struggles.

In the arena of life, as in boxing, Roy Jones Jr. continues to exemplify strength and perseverance. His legacy extends beyond his remarkable athletic achievements, as he now faces the profound test of enduring and overcoming personal loss with the same courage that defined his career.

As fans and fellow athletes rally around Jones and his family, the shared sentiment is clear: life is precious, and every moment spent with loved ones is a blessing. Roy Jones Jr.’s resilience in the face of this tragedy stands as a testament to his indomitable spirit, inspiring us all to cherish life and support one another through life’s hardest battles.