We are sending so much love and light to Regina King who is mourning the loss of her son, Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide, he was 26 (he just turned 26 on Wednesday, Jan 19).
He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
Despite her very successful and continually growing career, King was extremely close and proud of her son.
She often doted about him and shared matching tattoos with him which read “unconditional love” in Aramaic — his on his shoulder and hers on her arm.
“We were taking Kabbalah classes,” King said of the ink 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.”
Ian, who often joined his mother on red carpets called referred to her as “super mom.”
“She doesn’t really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have,” he told E News! in 2019. ‘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.”
And this past year on King’s 50th birthday last year, Ian paid tribute to her in a beautifully, lengthy message:
“Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! 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. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable. The whole marvel universe ain’t got s— on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”
Our condolences to King, Alexander Jr., and their respective families and friends.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.