Actress and director Regina King has lost her son. Ian Alexander, Jr. has died at age 26. No official cause of death has been published, but according to several reports, Alexander died via suicide.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” said King in a statement obtained byTHR on Friday. “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."
Ian was King's only child, and his father is her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. Ian Jr. paid tribute to his famous mom last year on her 50th birthday. “To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for," he wrote on Instagram. "But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for.”
In the wake of the tragic news, King has received an outpouring of support online.