Ian Alexander Jr., who turned 26 on Wednesday, took his own life, King confirmed to People magazine.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said in a statement to People. “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’s son worked as a disc jockey. His father, Ian Alexander Sr., is a record producer and King’s ex-husband, according to People. The couple had separated in 2007 and King raised her son as a single parent, the report said.
King, 51, a native of Cincinnati, won an Academy Award in 2018 for her role as Sharon Rivers in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Her other films include “Boyz n the Hood,” “Jerry Maguire,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Daddy Day Care,” “Ray,” and 2021’s “The Harder They Fall.”
When King turned 50, her son paid tribute to his mother on Instagram.
“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.”
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