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Musician and DJ Ian Alexander Jr. has died. He was the son of actress and filmmaker Regina King. Ian Jr just celebrated a birthday on January 19, making him 26-years-old when he committed suicide

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement. “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.”

Regina King had only one child and she shared her loving son with record producer, Ian Alexander Sr. However, the marriage didn’t last forever and after only eleven years of marriage, they went their separate ways.  

Alexander used the stage name Desduné and was planning a performance in Los Angeles in late January 2022. On her Instagram account, Regina posted his most recent music, “Green Eyes,” on her IG account, which was released on January 7.

Regina King and son appeared at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. He told E! News in a red carpet interview that Regina is “just a super mom. 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.”

Alexander often escorted his mom to exclusive events and various award shows. In October 2021, he helped Regina King commemorate her accomplishments in entertainment at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. 

Regina, you have our sincere condolences. May God be with you and your family in this time of mourning. 


If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.

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