Regina King's Son, Ian Alexander Jr., Has Died At 26

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Ian Alexander Jr. — Regina King's only son, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. — has died by suicide at the age of 26, according to the family's statement and multiple reports.

Regina and Ian smiling at the pose for a photo at an event
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"Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian," King said in a statement shared with news outlets. "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."

Regina giving the peace sign as she sits next to Ian at a sporting event
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Ian was a musician and DJ who performed under the stage name Desduné. He was set to perform at a Los Angeles venue late this month and had just released a single called "Green Eyes" on January 7.

The late artist had matching tattoos with his mother, who opened up about the ink in a 2017 interview with The View. Ian suggested they choose three designs each and get whichever style is matching. They both settled on "unconditional love," which is tattooed in Aramaic on Ian's shoulder and King's arm, respectively.

Following the news of Ian's death, celebrities and notable figures took to social media to support King and send their love.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting "STRENGTH" to 741-741. You can also visit for more resources.

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