Serena & Venus Williams' 21-Year-Old Nephew Alphonse Dead From Suicide
Serena Williams and Venus Williams 's nephew has passed away at just 21 years old.
According to Radar, Alphonse, the son of the tennis stars' half-sister Sabrina Williams (from Richard Williams' first marriage to Betty Johnson) reportedly ended his life on February 3 after being diagnosed with Peyronie's disease.
The disease has been defined as "a connective tissue disorder of the penis that can be likened to Dupuytren's contracture of the hand. It is characterized by the triad of bent erections, pain in the penis with erections and palpable penile plaque."
Sabrina opened up to The Sun about the devastating loss, adding that her son has been going through something for quite some time. "When my son attempted his life two and a half years ago, I asked God, save his life and give me a little bit more time, please," she said.
"And God answered my prayers. He did. He gave me two and a half years more than I expected," she continued. "I knew he was on loan and God called in that loan."
The Las Vegas resident — who also has a 23-year-old son Elijah Williams — noted that she believes that her youngest son, who struggled with bipolar disorder, had overdosed on an unknown medication.
"He [Alphonse] was crying last Monday, hysterical crying. The week before, the doctor confirmed what he already knew, that he had Peyronie's," Sabrina revealed. "He had started back at high school, he was going into his fourth semester of computer engineering and was regularly seeing a counselor."
"It's going to take six to eight weeks for the coroner to find out what he bought," the mother-of-two said of finding out exactly how her son passed. "We know he's taken some strong medicines which would have made him fall asleep, he would have gone into respiratory distress, but wouldn't have known. He just never woke up."
Sabrina — who is estranged from her famous family members — also noted that if her son had sought out the proper assistance, things may have been different. "I truly believe that if my son got some help, somebody was able to talk to him, I think he would still be here," she stated. "When he got the news, he just couldn't handle it."
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support.