Image

8:11 PM / Sunday May 22, 2022

28 Jan 2022

Ian Alexander Jr., only child of Regina King, dies at age 26

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 28, 2022 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Regina King, left, and Ian Alexander Jr. arrive at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ian Alexander Jr., the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King, has died. The death was confirmed Saturday, Jan. 22,2022 in a family statement. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images, File)

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” a family statement shared last Saturday by a King spokesman said. “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.”

The spokesman confirmed the death was suicide. No further details were 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. The younger Alexander was a musician and DJ who often accompanied King to red carpet events.

He told E! News at the 2019 Golden Globes: “She’s just a super mom. She doesn’t really let bad workdays, 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.”

The pair had matching tattoos reading “unconditional love” in Aramaic.

Image

“We were taking Kabbalah classes,” King said on The View in 2017. “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.”

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

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

“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,” said the Oscar, Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling (thing) ever.”

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

“Deepest condolences and prayers for strength to @ReginaKing. Sending back to her all the warmth and light and support she has extended to me and to so many others,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.

King, a star in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “The Harder They Fall” and numerous other films, is the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards.

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

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available for those in distress: 1-800-273-8255.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Commentary

OP-ED: The need for a change to Pennsylvania’s Compassionate Release Program 

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By Barbara Chavous-Pennock In April, David Ohl of Spotlight PA wrote about the...

Oasis

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Jo Laurence, a Buddhist chaplain, poses for a photo on...

Diaspora

Alabama shipwreck holds key for kin of enslaved Africans

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Members of the team assessing the sunken wreckage of the last...

Sun Report

Fur Babies Rule! Discover the remarkable healing power of therapy cats

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT You’re probably familiar with therapy dogs visiting hospitals, schools, senior centers, and...

Go With The-Flo

Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation awarded $1 million in scholarships to 100 members of the graduating class of 2022 of HBCUs

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Travis Scott  (Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony Mary...

Color Of Money

How to save on your internet or smartphone bill

May 20, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT The pandemic proved the importance of connectivity – to your family, friends,...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff