Regina King’s Only Son Ian Alexander Jr. Commits Suicide

Ian Alexander Jr., the only son of American actress Regina King has died by suicide.

The 51-year-old actress confirmed the tragic news to PEOPLE on Friday with a statement:

‘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. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.’

Ian – who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday – was King’s only child with her record producer ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr.

King shared a close bond with her son – an artist and DJ – who often accompanied her to events and called her ‘super mom’ at the 2019 Golden Globes.

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