We are deeply saddened to report on the passing of Regina King‘s son, Ian Alexander Jr, who died by suicide just days after his 26th birthday.
The news, initially reported by B. Scott, was confirmed by Regina in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” Regina King stated. “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. Thank you.”
Ian was Regina’s only child and she often spoke highly of him, his immense talent, and her unconditional love for him.
“You don’t now what unconditional love is,” she stated previously. “You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”
Details surrounding Ian’s unfortunate passing as scarce, but we will keep you updated as information becomes available.
Please keep Regina King and all those who knew and loved her son Ian in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, Roommates.