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..

  • Alexander was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles next week

  • Ian Alexander Jr’s pledge to quit smoking

    A few weeks before his passing, Ian Alexander Jr, who performed as Desduné, released a new single, Green Eyes.

    In an Instagram post promoting the song in early January, he promised he would quit if it reached 1 million streams.

    “‘Green Eyes’ comes out on Friday […] A million streams and I quit. My health is in your hands,” he wrote.

  • Suicide Prevention Resources

    If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

  • Bernice King sends “light and grace”

    Bernice King, lawyer, minister and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, posted on Twitter to send her condolences to Regina King and her family.

    “I pray for Regina King,” Bernice posted. “She needs all the grace and light that can flow to her right now.”

  • Celebrity friends send love to Regina King

    Celebrities from all different industries have sent their condolences to Regina King following news of Ian’s death.

    “My love, my prayers, my thoughts all go out to Regina King and her family tonight,” actor Josh Gad wrote on Twitter. “My heart is breaking. I send you nothing but light.

    “I send all my love and condolences to Regina King. I pray that she is surrounded by love and healing energy,” said Marc Lamont Hill.

  • Ian Alexander Jr – A “Renaissance Man”

    On Spotify for Desduné, under the name Ian Alexander Jr, the young artist was described as a “Renaissance man of our time, he sings, produces, plays, paints and is even a famous chef”.

    “Desduné grew up in a musical family and grew to have a deep appreciation for all aspects of music, including DJing, producing and recording.”

  • Regina and Ian’s close bond

    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 classes. He said, ‘let’s choose 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.

  • How old was Ian Alexander Jr?

    Ian Alexander Jr had just turned 26 on January 19, two days before his death.

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

  • Ian’s Instagram flooded with prayers and love

    In the hours following the confirmation of Ian Alexander Jr’s death, fans took to his latest Instagram post to send love and prayers to the late musician.

    “RIP I pray for your mom, family and friends,” one wrote.

    “Rest in peace king!” added another.

  • Statement by Regina King

    In a statement that was shared with several news outlets, Ian’s family wrote: “Our family is devastated to the core 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.”

  • Ian has released songs under the name Desdune

    Prior to his tragic death, Ian released two songs on Spotify under the name Desduné.

    Green Eyes was released a few weeks ago and Work It Out was released in 2021.

    In Work It Out, Ian signs: “Pain can’t go with this / This pain hurt me.

    “Your love is oh so fake / How long must it take.”

  • Ian Alexander Jr was promoting the upcoming show

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

    “It’s been a minute but now we’re back at the barrage. Aren’t you saying you supported desdune before the explosion??” he wrote.

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

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

  • Regina King’s award-winning career

    The 51-year-old actress has won four Emmys and an Oscar, which she nabbed for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.

    Her last Emmy award came for her portrayal of Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen.

    Regina King hosted Saturday Night Live on Saturday, February 13, 2021 with Nathaniel Rateliff as musical guest.

    It was the Watchmen actress’ first time hosting the long-running NBC show.

  • ‘Magic’ Johnson sends prayers to Regina King

  • Call or text crisis lines

    If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

    You can also text Crisis Text Line on 741741.

  • Regina King’s award-winning career

    King, 51, has won four Emmys and an Oscar, which she won for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk.

    Her last Emmy award came for her portrayal of Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen.

  • Regina King talks motherhood with Essence

    In 2011 Regina, who split from Ian’s father after nine years of marriage in 2007, opened up about her “unconditional love” for his son.

    She said Gasoline at the time: “I get emotional because my son is an incredible young man, and it took me being a mother to realize what an incredible woman she (my 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.”

  • Who is Ian Alexander Sr.?

    Ian Alexander Sr., 65, has appeared on TV series such as Masters of Horror and sitcom The Chris Isaak Show.

    He was married to famous actress Regina King from 1997 to 2007.

    The couple share an adult son, Ian Alexander Jr., who died aged 26 in a reported suicide on January 21, 2022.

  • How many children does Regina King have?

    Ian Alexander Jr is Regina King’s only child.

    King confirmed Ian’s death in a statement on Friday, January 21, 2022, describing his only child as a “shining light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others.”

  • Regina King on her and Ian’s tattoos

    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.

  • What did Regina King say about her son’s death?

    The award-winning actress requested confidentiality within hours of news of her son’s tragic death.

    The statement, which was shared with several news outlets, read: “Our family is devastated to the core 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.”

  • NAACP President Sends Prayers

    “Sending our love and deepest condolences to Regina King on the loss of her son,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. tweeted.

    “Please keep her and her family in your prayers during this most difficult time. We love you.

    “Friends, check on your loved ones today. You never know what someone is going through.

  • Ian on the red carpet

    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.”

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

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

  • Who is Ian Alexander Sr.?

    Ian Alexander Sr., 65, has appeared on TV series such as Masters of Horror and sitcom The Chris Isaak Show.

    He was married to famous actress Regina King from 1997 to 2007.

  • Did Ian Alexander Jr and Regina King have tattoos?

    In 2017, the Oscar-winning actress appeared on The View and revealed the couple had matching tattoos.

    The ink said “unconditional love” in Aramaic.

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