By Tradia McCoy
Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr, whom she shares with ex-husband, Ian Alexander Sr., has reportedly died by suicide.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement released by the family. “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 Alexander Jr. was Regina King’s only child.
Last year, Ian shared a post on his Instagram honoring his mother on her 50th birthday.
“Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! 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. 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 shit on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”
Ian Alexander was a big fan of his mother, as noted in this red carpet interview from the Golden Globe awards in 2019.
“She’s just a super mom. She doesn’t really let bad workdays or anything come back and ruin the time that we have. It’s really awesome to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with.”