Actress Regina King's son, Ian Alexander Jr., dies by suicide at 26


Ian Alexander Jr (right)., the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King (left), has died. The death was confirmed on Jan 22, 2022 in a family statement. Photo: AP

Ian Alexander Jr., a musician, DJ and son of actress and director Regina King, has died by suicide. He was 26 years old.

Alexander's death was confirmed to Variety by a public relations representative for King. No further details are available at this time.

"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian," King said in a statement. "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."

Alexander was born on Jan 19, 1996. He was King's only child. She shared him with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. The pair divorced in 2007 after 10 years of marriage.

Alexander was a practicing musician and DJ. Performing under the name Desdune, Alexander had been preparing to perform several shows in Los Angeles later this month. His most recent single, Green Eyes, was released on Jan 7. King shared the track on her Instagram last week, showing support for her son.

Alexander was often seen accompanying his mother at red carpet events, including the LACMA Art+ Film Gala and various awards shows. Most recently, he had appeared alongside King to help commemorate his mother's achievements in entertainment at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in October 2021.

"She's just a super mum," Alexander told E! News in a red carpet interview alongside King at the Golden Globe Awards in 2019. "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." – Reuters

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