It is with a heavy heart that we report on the death of Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr. According to PEOPLE, Ian took his own life on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 – his 26th birthday.
Ian was an accomplished musician and deejay in his own right, following in his father’s footsteps. He leaves behind his mother Regina and father Ian Alexander Sr., as well as a large extended family.
Ian was very close to his mother and she often spoke of him with pride. In honor of her 50th birthday last year, he wrote a touching tribute to her on Instagram. He called her “the real superhero.” The two had matching tattoos reading “unconditional love” in Aramaic.
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Ian Alexander Jr. Takes His Own Life at Age 26
Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide, PEOPLE confirms. His 26th birthday was Wednesday.
King released a statement saying, “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian.” He was her only child and she shared him with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
Ian followed in his father’s musical footsteps and was a deejay. King previously told PEOPLE that he was “an amazing young man.”
Despite her ever-increasing success as an actor and director, King has stated that her son is her greatest source of pride. After nine years of marriage with Ian’s father in 2007, King acknowledged that being a single parent isn’t always simple, but there is nothing stronger than her love for her kid.
“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is,” she explained at the time. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”
To celebrate his mother’s 50th birthday last year, Ian honored her on Instagram, writing: “To be able to watch you take this lifetime by the neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for.”
“You’re amazing, beautiful, and brilliant,” the youngster wrote to his mother. “To have you as my mom is the greatest gift I could ask for,” he added. It’s wonderful to see how much your love impacts him. The fact that we can share this moment with each other makes me extremely happy.”
The pair also has matching tattoos, one on each of their shoulders, which read “unconditional love” in Aramaic.
“We were doing Kabbalah lessons,” King recalled of the ink on The View in 2017. “He said, ‘Let’s pick three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are. And whichever one is matching is the one we’ll get tattooed,’ and we both selected unconditional love.”
Ian has been seen on numerous red carpets with his mother, including the 2019 Golden Globes when he referred to her as “super mom.”
E! News asked him if he loves spending time with his mother. “She’s just a really great mom,” he said. “She doesn’t allow bad job days to ruin our time together. It’s fantastic to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with.”
At the time, King said Ian made her “happier than anything in the whole world.”
LoveBScott was the first to report the news of Ian’s death.
It is with a heavy heart that we report on the death of Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr. According to PEOPLE, Ian took his own life on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 – his 26th birthday. He leaves behind his mother Regina and father Ian Alexander Sr., as well as a large extended family. To honor her 50th birthday last year, he wrote a touching tribute to her on Instagram calling her “the real superhero.” The two had matching tattoos reading “unconditional love” in Aramaic.
Despite being single parenting not always easy she admitted it was nothing compared to unconditional love for him which made her happier than anything in the world at the time when they were together while also having their fun too before he began referring to her as “super mom” at the Golden Globes this year.