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Regina King’s Son Ian Alexander Jr. Dies by Suicide: He ‘Cared So Deeply’

"Our family is devastated at the deepest level."

Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide. His 26th birthday was Wednesday.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said. “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.”

He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

King also said that Ian was her biggest source of pride.

“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is,” she explained at the time. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”

In honor of his mom’s 50th birthday last year, Ian paid tribute to the multi-hyphenate on Instagram, writing: “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.”

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