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Regina King: her only son committed suicide on his birthday

Actress and director Regina King confirmed this weekend the death of her only son, Ian Alexander Jr. The young man committed suicide on January 19, the day of his 26th birthday.

DJ by profession, Ian Alexander was born out of her relationship with her ex-husband, producer Ian Alexander Sr. “Our family is devastated to the core by the loss of Ian. He is such a light who took the happiness of others to heart. Our family asks to take into consideration and respect this private period. Thank you,” said Regina King, 51, in a statement published by the American site PEOPLE.

Regina King was very close to her son, especially since her separation from her father in 2007, after 9 years of marriage. The actress recognized that being a single parent could be complicated. But that the unconditional love she felt for her child was a blessing.

“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may think you know, but if you’ve never had children, you don’t. When you experience it, it’s the most rewarding thing there is,” she explained in 2007.

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