Pray for Regina King as her only child, Ian Alexander Jr., dies by suicide at age 26: Golden Globe-winning actress says, ‘Our family is devastated at the deepest level’

Regina King’s only son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide; Ian and Regina pictured in 2014

Regina King’s only son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide.

The 51-year-old actress confirmed the tragic news to PEOPLE on Friday with a statement: ‘Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. 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 – who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday – was King’s only child with her record producer ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr.

King shared a close bond with her son – an artist and DJ – who often accompanied her to events and called her ‘super mom’ at the 2019 Golden Globes.

‘She’s just a super mom,’ he said while speaking with E! on the red carpet. ‘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 If Beale Street Could Talk actress separated from Ian’s father in 2007, after nine years of marriage.

Devastating: The 51-year-old actress confirmed the tragic news to PEOPLE on Friday with a statement: ‘Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. 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.’
Artistic soul: Ian was an artist and a DJ – known as DJ Buttercream; Pictured attending Childhelp Hollywood Heroes on October 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California

In 2011, Regina spoke with Essence and revealed how much she adored her only child.

‘I get emotional because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me to be a mother for me to realize how incredible of a woman she (my mother) is,’ she said.

She went on saying, ‘You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever. So, that is the greatest part about me. Being a mom to Ian.’

Close bond: The actress shared a close bond with her son, who often accompanied her to events and called her ‘super mom’ at the 2019 Golden Globes
Family: Ian – who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday – was King’s only child with her record producer ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr; Pictured during Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde – Special Screening in Southampton, New York
The star pictured with her son and her ex-husband at the 2005 Miss Congeniality 2 film premiere in Los Angeles

Meanwhile Ian shared a lovely message for Regina’s 50th birthday last year, writing on his Instagram: ‘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.’

He went on, ‘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**t on you, your {sic] the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail