Regina King's only child Ian Alexander Jr. dies by suicide at the age of 26, report says_freckle removal laser pen

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Regina King and son Ian Alexander Jr. arrive at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in 2014.
Regina King released a statement after it was reported her son, Ian Alexander Jr., died by suicide.Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images
  • Regina King's son, Ian Alexander Jr., has died by suicide on Friday, People confirmed.

  • King called her son a "bright light" in a statement following his death.

  • Ian Alexander Jr., 26, is the son of King and record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

Regina King's son, Ian Alexander Jr., died by suicide on Friday, just two days after his 26th birthday.

Entertainment blog LoveBScott first reported the news, which was confirmed in a statement King, 51, made to People, where she called her only son a "bright light."

"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian," the Oscar winner 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."

King shared Ian Alexander Jr. with her former husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. King and Alexander Sr. were married for almost a decade and divorced in 2007, according to People.

Regina King, Ian Alexander Jr and Ian Alexander during Down to Earth Premiere, 2001.
Regina King, Ian Alexander Jr., and Ian Alexander Sr. at the "Down to Earth" premiere in 2001.Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Representatives for Regina King did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Ian Alexander Jr., who was a DJ, often accompanied his mother on the red carpet, where he praised her as a "super mom."

"She doesn't really let bad work days 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," he told E! News while accompanying his mom at the 2019 Golden Globes.

King similarly lauded her son, saying that being a mother is the most rewarding task.

"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," King to People. "When you experience it, it's the most fulfilling [thing] ever."

In a 2017 interview on "The View," King revealed that she and Ian Alexander Jr. had matching tattoos that read "unconditional love" in Aramaic.

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