Inside Ian Alexander Jr's relationship with his 'superhero' mom Regina King who he called his 'greatest gift'

IAN Alexander Jr, the only son of actress Regina King, died on Friday following an apparent suicide, according to reports.

The 26-year-old, who had only celebrated his birthday two days earlier, was a budding musician who shared an incredibly close relationship with his mother, previously referring to her as the "greatest gift."

His death was confirmed in a statement by a devastated King on Saturday, who remembered him as a "bright light" brimming with compassion for others.

The statement, which was shared with 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 have reported that he died by suicide.


Ian Alexander Jr. was Regina King’s only son, whom she shared with former husband Ian Alexander Sr.

He 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.

King was a constant supporter of her son's musical pursuits, just last week taking to Instagram to urge her fans to listen to his new single, Green Eyes.

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The Oscar-winning actress often spoke of the close bond she and Ian shared, revealing on The View in 2017 that the pair got matching tattoos that read "unconditional love" in Aramaic.

Ian also regularly opined about the pair's close bond, writing in an Instagram post commemorating King's 50th birthday last year that she was "the greatest gift."

"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," Ian wrote.

"But 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. The whole marvel universe ain't got s— on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!"


Ian has often also accompanied his mom on red carpets, including in 2019 when he called her "super mom" while at the Golden Globes.

"She's just a super mom," he said in an interview with E! News. "She doesn't really let bad workdays 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."

At the time, King said Ian made her "happier than anything in the whole world."

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She made similar heart-warming remarks in an earlier interview in 2011, a few years after separating from Ian's father, where she spoke of the "unconditional love" she had 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."


In an Instagram post just days before taking his own life, Ian predicted that his music career was about to take off.

"It's been a minute but now we back at the jump off. Don’t you want to say you supported desduné before the blowup??" he wrote.

"So pullup this month!! performing live at Bardot on the 28th for @breakingsoundla Save a buck and buy tickets in advance at the link in my bio.”

Ian was due to perform at the Avalon Hollywood Bardot on January 28.

Prior to his tragic death, he'd released two songs on Spotify, Green Eyes and Work It Out, which was released in 2021.

In Work It Out, Ian signs: "The pain can't go with that / This pain got me feeling bad.

"Your love is oh so fake / How long does it have to take."

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