Regina King’s Son Ian Alexander Jr. Dead at 26

Days after his 26th birthday, Regina King is mourning the loss of her son Ian Alexander Jr., whom she described as a "bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others."

By Emlyn Travis Jan 22, 2022 4:38 PMTags
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Regina King's son Ian Alexander Jr. has died, E! News has learned.

The musician died by suicide days after his 26th birthday. He was the Oscar-winning actress and director's only child, whom she shared with ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr.

"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others," King said in a statement to E! News. "Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you."

King was an avid supporter of her son's music career, calling herself a "proud mom" on Instagram after the release of his debut single in April 2021. While on the red carpet together at the 2019 Golden Globes, she told E! News that he was someone who "makes me happier than anything in the whole world."

Alexander Jr. also reflected on having King as his mother at the event too. 

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"Usually people will ask me, 'What's it like having Regina King be your mother,'" he said. "She's just a super mom, really. She doesn't really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have, so it's really awesome to have a mother that...I can enjoy spending time with and all that."

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To commemorate King's 50th birthday in January 2021, her son penned a heartfelt Instagram tribute that called her "the greatest gift I could ask for" and shared a picture of the pair cuddled up close. 

"Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta!" He wrote. "To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for."

He continued, "To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable. The whole marvel universe ain't got s--t on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!"

LoveBScott were the first to report on Alexander Jr.'s death.