PEOPLE has confirmed the suicide death of Ian Alexander Jr., the son of Regina King. On Wednesday, he turned 26 years old.
Ian Alexander Sr. was the father of King’s sole child, a son she had with her ex-husband.
Ian became a deejay, following in the footsteps of his famous father. King had previously described him as “an amazing young man.” to PEOPLE magazine.
As an actress and director, King said Ian was her greatest source of pride at the moment. Despite the difficulties of raising Ian as a single parent, King said that nothing is more powerful than the love she has for her son.
“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,” Regina King stated at the time. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”
Last year, on the occasion of his mother’s 50th birthday, Ian wrote on Instagram in celebration of the multi-hyphenate: “Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! 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 continued, “But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love, and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable. The whole marvel universe ain’t got s— on you, your the real superhero! Love you, mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”
Their tattoos also say “unconditional love” in Aramaic, and they each have them on their shoulders and arms.
“We were taking Kabbalah classes,” King said. “He said, let’s choose three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are and whichever one is matching, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed — and we both chose unconditional love.”
In addition to accompanying his mother on red carpets, Ian has also referred to her as “super mom” during the Golden Globes in 2019.
“She’s just a super mom,” he told E! News. “She doesn’t really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have. It’s really awesome to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with.”
She said Ian made her “happier than anything in the whole world.“