Ian Alexander Jr, only son of Regina King, dies at 26


Ian Alexander Jr., the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King, has died. He turned 26 on Wednesday.

“Our family is devastated on the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” said a family statement shared by a spokesperson for King on Saturday. “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.

The spokesperson confirmed that the death was a suicide. No further details have been released.


The One Night in Miami director shared Alexander with her former husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. The two divorced in 2007 after 10 years of marriage. Young Alexander was a musician and DJ who often accompanied King to red carpet events.

Ian Alexander Jr. The death of Ian Alexander Jr was confirmed on Saturday January 22, 2022 in a family statement. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

He told E! News at the 2019 Golden Globes: “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 mom with who I can enjoy spending time with.

The couple had matching tattoos that read “unconditional love” in Aramaic.

“We were taking Kabbalah lessons,” King said on The View in 2017. “He said, let’s pick three designs each and don’t tell each other which one they are and which one fits, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed — and we both chose unconditional love.


For his mother’s 50th birthday last year, Alexander posted a tribute on Instagram that read in part: “Being able to watch you take this life by the neck and make it yours is something I (sic) will be forever grateful for. But having you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for.

A week ago on Instagram, King shared a clip of his son’s latest track, “Green Eyes,” urging his followers to check it out. In an interview with People, she once called her son “an incredible young man” and spoke of the love between mother and child.

“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say yes, but if you don’t have kids, you don’t know what it is,” said the Oscar, Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling (thing) ever.”

News of Alexander’s death quickly spread on social media.

“Sincere condolences and prayers for strength to @ReginaKing. Sending back all the warmth, light and support she has given me and so many others,” Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Managing Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.

King, a star of If Beale Street Could Talk, The Harder They Fall and many other films, received two NAACP Image Awards.

Bernice King, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change and daughter of the civil rights icon, posted on Twitter: “Pray for Regina King. She needs all the grace and light that can flow to her right now.


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