Ian Alexander Jr., the only son of American actress and filmmaker Regina King, took his own life on Wednesday, January 19, at the age of just 26, on his birthday.
The sad news was confirmed by the actress herself with a painful farewell message. Alexander, who was a musician and DJ, frequently accompanied King to red carpet events. Mother and son had a close bond.
“Our family is deeply devastated by the loss of Ian”, said the Oscar winner in a statement released Saturday by a spokesman. “He was a shining light who cared about the happiness of others.. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thanks”.
The “One Night in Miami” director had Alexander with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. They divorced in 2007 after nearly a decade of marriage.
The young man stated AND! News during the delivery of the 2019 Golden Globes that King “She’s a supermom.” “He doesn’t let bad days at work or anything come back and ruin the time we have. It’s amazing to have a mother that I enjoy being with,” she said.
Ian and Regina were really close and years ago they decided to honor their love for each other with a common tattoo. Precisely they tattooed “unconditional love” in Aramaic, she on her left arm and he on her shoulder.
After separating from Ian’s father in 2007 after nine years of marriage, King admitted that being a single mother was not always easy, but that nothing is stronger than the love for her son. “You don’t know what unconditional love is until you have a child.”
In honor of his mother’s 50th birthday last year, Ian paid tribute on Instagram, writing: “Happy birthday to my partner, so proud of you and inspired by your love and art. But having you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. You are a true superhero! I love you mama! This day and every day!”
The son of the actress, who acted under the stage name disdained, wrote on January 15 on Twitter: “I don’t think Instagram is healthy for me.”
In his last post on his Instagram account, posted four days ago, the musician promoted the show he had scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles. In addition to his upcoming shows, Ian has just released a new single, ‘Green Eyes’, on January 7th. Taking to Instagram a week ago, King shared a clip of the song urging his followers to listen to it.
(With information from AP)
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