Regina King (51) is in great mourning. Her son Ian Alexander Jr. died shortly after his 26th birthday.

Regina King's son died far too early

Regina King told the magazine 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."

Her son, who worked as a DJ, is said to have died by suicide, according to People. Just a few days earlier he celebrated his 26th birthday. The music star was the only child from Regina King's marriage to music producer Ian Alexander Sr.

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