Ian Alexander Jr, the only child of the Oscar-winning actor and director Regina King, has died only a few days after celebrating his 26th birthday on Wednesday.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” a statement shared by a spokesman for King 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.”
No further details were released.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, wrote on Twitter: “Deepest condolences and prayers for strength to Regina King. Sending back to her all the warmth and light and support she has extended to me and to so many others.”
King shared Alexander with her former husband and record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
The two divorced in 2007 after 10 years of marriage.
The younger Alexander was a DJ who often accompanied King to red carpet events.
At the 2019 Golden Globes, he said: “She’s just a super mom. 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.”
The pair had matching tattoos reading