Ian Alexander Jr., the only child of actress-director Regina King, died Friday (Jan. 21, 2022) at age 26, the actress said in a statement provided.
No cause of death has been made public, but according to People, he died by suicide.
“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,” King said in a statement.
Alexander was known publicly as a DJ and singer-songwriter under the name Desduné. He most recently released the single “Green Eyes,” and the single “Work It Out” in April 2021.
Last week, King promoted her son’s track “Green Eyes” to her followers on Instagram, posting a short clip and linking to the song in her bio. He was also a celebrity chef who told Flaunt Magazine in May 2021 that he hoped to develop his private dinner parties into a restaurant.
He had a close relationship with King, writing on her 50th birthday last fall: “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.”
King was married to Ian Alexander Jr.’s father, music producer Ian Alexander, from 1997 to 2007. He was their only child.
Socialite Life sends our deepest condolences to Regina King and all of Ian Alexander Jr family and friends.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those around them, with support, information and local resources.