Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., died by suicide. Ian turned 26 this Wednesday. He was King’s only child; she shared supervision with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
“Our family was devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement sent to PEOPLE. “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.”
Despite her growing success in Hollywood, King has declared her son her greatest source of pride. After divorcing her nine-year-old husband, King acknowledged that it was not always easy to be a single parent, but nothing is more important than her love for her son.
“You do not know what unconditional love is. You may say you have, but if you do not have a child, you do not know what it is,” she explained at the time. “When you experience it, it is the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”
“Happy birthday to my fellow, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry and gangsta! To be able to see you take this age around his neck and make it yours is something I will be forever grateful for,” Ian posted on Instagram last year in honor of his mother’s 50th birthday.
He continued, “But having you as my mother is the greatest gift I can ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, to love and support me unconditionally, is truly remarkable.The whole wonder universe is “t get s — on you, you are the real superhero! Love your mom! This day and everyday YO DAY !!
He acted as verag, according to his Instagram page. He released a new single, “Green Eyes,” on January 7 and scheduled performances in Los Angeles later this month.
Both mother and son even had matching tattoos, which read “unconditional love” in Aramaic.
“We took Kabbalah classes,” King said of the ink on The View in 2017. “He said, ‘Let’s choose three. [designs] each and not telling each other what they are and which one fits, it is the one that is going to get us tattooed – and we have both chosen unconditional love. ”
“She’s just a superma,” he told E! News when he accompanied his mother to the 2019 Golden Globes. “She does not really allow bad work days or anything to come back and ruin the time we have. It’s really great to have a mom with whom I can enjoy spending time.”
After directing the award-winning One Night in Miami, Regina King will add to her directing resume.
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