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Ian Alexander Jr, only child of Regina King, dies at age 26

Ian Alexander Jr, the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King, has died. He turned 26 on Wednesday.
Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian, a family statement shared Saturday by a King spokesman 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.
A family representative confirmed the death was suicide. No further details were released.
The One Night in Miami director shared Alexander with her former husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. The two divorced in 2007 after 10 years of marriage. The younger Alexander was a DJ who often accompanied King to red carpet events.
He told E! News at the 2019 Golden Globes: Shes just a super mom. She doesnt really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have. Its really awesome to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with.
The pair had matching tattoos reading unconditional love in Aramaic.
We were taking Kabbalah classes, King said on The View in 2017. He said, lets choose three designs each and not tell each other which ones they are and whichever one is matching, thats the one were going to get tattooed and we both chose unconditional love.
For his mother's 50th birthday last year, Alexander posted a tribute on Instagram that read in part: To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i (sic) will forever be grateful for. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for.
On Instagram a week ago, King shared a clip of her son's latest track, Green Eyes, urging her followers to check it out. In an interview with People, she once called her son an amazing young man and spoke of the love between mother and child.
You dont know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you dont have a child, you dont know what that is, said the Oscar, Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner. When you experience it, its the most fulfilling (thing) ever.
Word of Alexander's death spread quickly on social media.
Deepest condolences and prayers for strength to @ReginaKing. Sending back to her all the warmth and light and support she has extended to me and to so many others, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.
King, a star in If Beale Street Could Talk and numerous other films, is the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards.
Bernice King, the CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Change and daughter of the civil rights icon, posted on Twitter: Praying for Regina King. She needs all the grace and light that can flow her way right now.


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