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ACTRESS Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died aged 26 from a reported suicide.

The Oscar winner, 51, confirmed her only child’s death in a statement on Friday in which she branded Ian a “bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others”.

Regina King's son Ian Alexander Jr. has died aged 26

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Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died aged 26Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Regina confirmed her son's death in a statement in which she called him a 'bright light'

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Regina confirmed her son’s death in a statement in which she called him a ‘bright light’Credit: Rex Features

The statement which was shared to multiple news outlets read: “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.”

No cause of death has been made public, but both PEOPLE and blog lovebscott.com have reported that he died by suicide.

The If Beale Street Could Talk star welcomed Ian, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

Ian was a DJ and singer-songwriter who performed under the name Desduné and posted on Instagram just three days ago about an upcoming event at Bardot this month.

Just last week, Regina took to Instagram to urge her followers to support her son’s new single, Green Eyes.

In 2011, Regina, who separated from Ian’s father after nine years of marriage in 2007, spoke of her “unconditional love” for her son.

She told Essence at the time: “I get emotional because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me to be a mother for me to realize how incredible of a woman she (my mother) is.

“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.

“But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever. So, that is the greatest part about me. Being a mom to Ian.”

The Emmy-winning actress often spoke of her close bond with her son, revealing on The View in 2017 that the pair got matching tattoos.

She shared: “We were taking Kabbalah classes. He said, ‘let’s choose three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are and whichever one is matching, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed’…

“… and we both chose unconditional love.”

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And their appreciation for one another was reciprocal, never more so when Ian paid tribute to his mom on her 50th birthday last year.

Taking to 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.

“But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for,” he continued.

“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**t on you, your [sic] the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”

Ian often accompanied Regina on red carpets, most notably at the 2019 Golden Globes when he branded her “super mom”.

Speaking to E! News, he said: “She doesn’t really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have.

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

Regina welcomed her only child with ex Ian Alexander Sr. The mother and son pictured at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards

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Regina welcomed her only child with ex Ian Alexander Sr. The mother and son pictured at the 2005 Teen Choice AwardsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ian paid tribute to his mother last year on her 50th birthday with this sweet shot

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Ian paid tribute to his mother last year on her 50th birthday with this sweet shotCredit: Instagram
Ian often accompanied Regina on the red carpet. Pictured at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in 2014

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Ian often accompanied Regina on the red carpet. Pictured at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in 2014
Oscars 2019: Regina King wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk

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