News of the death of Ian Alexander Jr

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.”

Read our Ian Alexander blog for the latest news and updates..

  • King supported his son’s single last week

    Just a week before her son’s tragic death, Regina King posted on Instagram urging her millions of followers to stream her son’s new single.

  • How old was Ian Alexander Jr?

    Regina King’s only son had just turned 26 on January 19, two days before he died.

    He was born in 1996 to parents, Regina King and her former husband Ian Alexander Sr.

  • Ian has often posted about a close relationship with mum

  • Ian often accompanied his mother on the red carpets

    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 that we have.

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

  • 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 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.

  • Ian’s last message filled with messages of love, mourning

    The comments section on Ian Alexander Jr’s latest Instagram post, where he promoted an upcoming show, is filled with messages of grief and love.

    “Hope your soul is resting,” one user commented.

    “May you find light and peace,” wrote another.

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

  • 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’m moved because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me being a mother to realize how amazing a woman is. [her 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.”

  • Regina King supported her son’s music 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 a celebrity chef who told Flaunt Magazine in May 2021 that he hoped to turn his private dinner parties into a restaurant.

  • The latest tragic messages from Ian Alexander

    In an Instagram post days before killing himself, Ian Alexander predicted his music career was about to “explode”.

    He wrote: “It’s been a minute but now we’re back at the dam. You don’t mean you supported desdune before the explosion??

    “So pullup this month!! live at Bardot on the 28th for @breakingsoundla Save money and buy tickets in advance at the link in my bio.