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I am heartbroken to report Ian Alexander Jr., the son of award-winning actress and director Regina King, has reportedly died by suicide on his 26th birthday.

Regina released the following statement to People:

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 was Regina’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

After her separation from Ian Sr., in 2007, Regina King said being a single parent wasn’t easy, but nothing was stronger than the love for her son.

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.

When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling thing ever.

When Ian Alexander Jr. turned 23, Regina shared this adorable throwback photo of him along with this loving message:

The best thing to ever happen to me happened on this date. And just like that you make your 23rd trip around the sun!

There is not a person that crosses your path who would disagree with the fact that your presence makes their life brighter.

What a gift to be your Mom.

Thank you for whispering in God’s ear and saying, “I choose her to be my Mama” I can barely finish this post because tears of joy keep streaming down my face.

My heart is exploding with love for you my young KING! Continue to dream boundlessly and hustle tirelessly.

Happy Worthday to my greatest love of all @buttercreemmjv#myCo#23

This is back when you were light-skinned-ed ????????????

See the original post below.

On Regina’s 50th birthday, Ian paid tribute to her writing:

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!!

See his original post below.

I am heartbroken for Regina King and her family.

I extend my love, prayers, and deepest condolences.

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.