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TV star Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr has tragically died in a reported suicide just days before launching his music career.

Days before his death, Ian, 26, posted on Instagram of an upcoming event in Bardot this month.

He was a DJ and singer-songwriter who performed under the name Desduné.

Just last week, Regina took to Instagram to urge her followers to support her son’s new single, Green Eyes.

The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actress confirmed the death of her only child on Friday in a statement in which she called Ian “a shining light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others.”

The statement read: “Our family is devastated on the deepest level by the loss of Ian.

“He is such a bright light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

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  • Regina King’s award-winning career

    The 51-year-old actress has won four Emmys and an Oscar, which she nabbed for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.

    Her last Emmy award came for her portrayal of Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen.

    Regina King hosted Saturday Night Live on Saturday, February 13, 2021 with Nathaniel Rateliff as musical guest.

    It was the Watchmen actress’ first time hosting the long-running NBC show.

  • ‘Magic’ Johnson sends prayers to Regina King

  • Call or text crisis lines

    If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

    You can also text Crisis Text Line on 741741.

  • Regina King’s award-winning career

    King, 51, has won four Emmys and an Oscar, which she won for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.

    Her last Emmy award came for her portrayal of Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen.

  • Regina King talks motherhood with Essence

    In 2011 Regina, who split from Ian’s father after nine years of marriage in 2007, opened up about her “unconditional love” for his son.

    She told Essence at the time, “I get emotional because my son is an incredible young man, and it took me being a mother for me to realize what an incredible woman she (my mother) is.

    “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say you know it, but if you don’t have children, you don’t know what it is.

    “But when you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling ever. So that’s the best thing about me. Being Ian’s mother.”

  • Who is Ian Alexander Sr.?

    Ian Alexander Sr., 65, has appeared on TV series such as Masters of Horror and sitcom The Chris Isaak Show.

    He was married to famous actress Regina King from 1997 to 2007.

    The couple share an adult son, Ian Alexander Jr., who died aged 26 in a reported suicide on January 21, 2022.

  • How many children does Regina King have?

    Ian Alexander Jr is Regina King’s only child.

    King confirmed Ian’s death in a statement on Friday, January 21, 2022, describing his only child as a “shining light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others.”

  • Regina King on her and Ian’s tattoos

    The Emmy-winning actress has often spoken of her close bond with her son, revealing on The View in 2017 that the pair had matching tattoos.

    She shared, “We were taking Kabbalah lessons. He said, ‘Let’s pick three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are and which one fits, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed’ and we both chose unconditional love.

  • What did Regina King say about her son’s death?

    The award-winning actress requested confidentiality within hours of news of her son’s tragic death.

    The statement, which was shared with several news outlets, read: “Our family is devastated to the core by the loss of Ian.

    “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

  • NAACP President Sends Prayers

    “Sending our love and deepest condolences to Regina King on the loss of her son,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. tweeted.

    “Please keep her and her family in your prayers during this most difficult time. We love you.

    “Friends, check on your loved ones today. You never know what someone is going through.

  • Ian on the red carpet

    Prior to her tragic passing, Ian Alexander Jr often accompanied his famous mother to red carpet events.

    During an appearance at the 2019 Golden Globes, he called the actress a “super mom.”

    Speaking to E! News, he said, “She doesn’t really let bad days at work or anything come back and ruin the time we have.

    “It’s really great to have a mother that I can enjoy spending time with.”

  • Who is Ian Alexander Sr.?

    Ian Alexander Sr., 65, has appeared on TV series such as Masters of Horror and sitcom The Chris Isaak Show.

    He was married to famous actress Regina King from 1997 to 2007.

  • Did Ian Alexander Jr and Regina King have tattoos?

    In 2017, the Oscar-winning actress appeared on The View and revealed the couple had matching tattoos.

    The ink said “unconditional love” in Aramaic.

  • King said his son taught him what ‘unconditional love’ is

    In 2011, the award-winning actress opened up about her “unconditional love” for her son.

    She told Essence at the time, “I get emotional because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me being a mother to realize how amazing she is. [her mother] is.

    “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say yes, but if you don’t have children, you don’t know what it is.

    “But when you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling ever. So that’s the biggest part of me. Being a mom to Ian.

  • Ian Alexander Jr was scheduled to perform next week in Los Angeles

    In a promotional post, the young musician wrote: “You don’t mean you supported desdune before the explosion??

    “So pullup this month!! live at Bardot on the 28th,” he added.

  • Message from Missy Elliott to Ian’s family

    On Twitter, Missy Elliott reached out to Regina King and Ian Alexander Sr.

    “Dear LORD, give them STRENGTH during this time,” she wrote.

  • Regina King celebrated her birthday last week

    Regina King just turned 51.

    She was born on January 15, 1971.

  • The artist said he would quit if he received 1 million streams

    A few weeks before his passing, Ian Alexander Jr, who performed as Desduné, released a new single, Green Eyes.

    In an Instagram post promoting the song in early January, he promised he would quit if it reached 1 million streams.

    “‘Green Eyes’ comes out on Friday […] A million streams and I quit. My health is in your hands,” he wrote.

  • Suicide Prevention Resources

    You’re not alone

    SUICIDE is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2018 Leading Causes of Death report.

    There have been “more than two and a half times as many suicides” in the United States as homicides, according to the report.

    For people aged 10 to 34, suicide was the “second leading cause of death” and the fourth for people aged 35 to 54.

    Suicide is a vital health problem in the United States. It affects all sexes, all races and all ages.

    That’s why The-Sun.com launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

    The campaign invites readers to discuss their mental health issues with family, friends and healthcare professionals. We can all step up to help others who are suffering and help save lives.

    If you’re struggling to cope, you’re not alone. There are many free, confidential programs in the United States aimed at helping those with mental health issues.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, these organizations are here to help:

  • Bernice King sends “grace and light”

    Bernice King, lawyer, minister and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, posted on Twitter to send her condolences to Regina King and her family.

    “I pray for Regina King,” Bernice posted. “She needs all the grace and light that can flow to her right now.”

  • “An incredible young man”

    In a moving interview with CNN in 2011, Regina King spoke of the deep love she had for her son and her pride in being his mother.

    “I get emotional because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me being a mother to realize how amazing a woman is. [my mother] is,” King said.

    “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say yes, but if you don’t have children, you don’t know what it is. But when you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling there is. So that’s the biggest part of me. Being a mom to Ian.

  • Celebrities send their condolences on Twitter

    Celebrities from all different industries have sent their condolences to Regina King following news of Ian’s death.

    “My love, my prayers, my thoughts all go out to Regina King and her family tonight,” actor Josh Gad wrote on Twitter. “My heart is breaking. I send you nothing but light.

    “I send all my love and condolences to Regina King. I pray that she is surrounded by love and healing energy,” said Marc Lamont Hill.

  • Ian Alexander Jr – “A Renaissance Man”

    On Spotify for Desduné, under the name Ian Alexander Jr, the young artist was described as a “Renaissance man of our time, he sings, produces, plays, paints and is even a famous chef”.

    “Desduné grew up in a musical family and grew to have a deep appreciation for all aspects of music, including DJing, producing and recording.”

  • Regina King has often spoken of a close bond with her son

    The Emmy-winning actress has often spoken of her close bond with her son, revealing on The View in 2017 that the pair had matching tattoos.

    She shared, “We were taking Kabbalah classes. He said, ‘let’s choose three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are and which one fits, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed’ and we both chose unconditional love.

  • How Regina King supported her son’s career

    Ian was a DJ and singer-songwriter who performed under the name Desduné.

    Just last week, Regina took to Instagram to urge her followers to support her son’s new single, Green Eyes.

    He was also an aspiring celebrity chef who told Flaunt Magazine in May 2021 that he hoped to turn his private dinner parties into a restaurant.