REGINA King’s son Ian Alexander Jr has taken his own life just days before his 26th birthday.
The Harder They Fall actress, 51, confirmed her only son’s death in a heartbreaking tribute.
In a statement sent to PEOPLE, she said: "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."
The publication confirmed he had taken his own life.
Ian was King's only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
King had a close bond with her son who would go with her to events, calling her “super mom” at the 2019 Golden Globes.
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The Oscar winner previously revealed a close bond with her son — an artist and DJ — with the pair getting matching tattoos reading “unconditional love”.
In a recent interview, she described their relationship as the most “fulfilling” thing.
In honor of his mom's 50th birthday last year, Ian posted a message on Instagram.
He wrote: "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."
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