Death in Hollywood: Alexander, Ian–Son of Oscar Winner Regina King’s Dies at 26 (Suicide)

Regina King Calls her Only Son, Ian Alexander Jr. “A Bright Light” after his Death at 26

The ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ actress released a statement Friday evening following the death of her only son.


Oscar winner Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died at 26.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” said King in a statement on Friday evening. “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.”

A cause of death was not provided, but according to People, Ian died by suicide.

King shared Ian with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. Ian was an artist and DJ who posted on Instagram just three days ago about an upcoming event at Bardot this month.

The If Beale Street Could Talk actress appeared close with her son, revealing on The View in a 2017 interview that the pair got matching tattoos. We were taking Kabbalah classes,” King said at the time. “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.”

A week ago, King took to Instagram to urge her followers to support Ian’s new track, “Green Eyes,” sharing a short clip.

Ian paid tribute to King on her 50th birthday last year, writing on Instagram: “To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something I will forever be grateful for. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for.”

Ian has often also accompanied his mom on red carpets, including in 2019 when he called her “super mom” at the Golden Globes.

“She’s just a super mom,” he told E! News. “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.”

At the time, King said Ian made her “happier than anything in the whole world.”