Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., dies at 26 | Connect FM | Local news radio

Regina King mourns the death of her only child.

Oscar winner’s sonIan Alexander Jr., who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, committed suicide.

“Our family is devastated to the core of the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement obtained by ABC News over the weekend. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

King shared Alexander Jr. with her ex-husband, a record producer Ian Alexander.

King’s son frequently attended red carpet events with his mother, telling E! News on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet: “She’s just a great mom. She doesn’t really let bad days at work or anything come back and ruin the time we have. It’s really great to have a mother that I can enjoy spending time with.

King’s co-stars and friends offered their condolences on social media over the weekend, including Octavia Spencer, Janet Jackson, DL Hughley, Berenice King and more.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (US) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

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