‘I am lifting and holding you up’: Viola Davis Supports Regina King After Son’s Death
Viola Davis expressed a heartfelt condolence to Regina King, who announced Friday (Jan. 21) that her only son, Ian Alexander Jr., had died by suicide.
People reported that Davis, 56, used her multiple social media accounts to send out a heartfelt message. “I am lifting and holding you up. LOVE you @ReginaKing and I am so sorry.”
The post has since been deleted.
In the picture Davis used, it features King, 51, with late son Ian, 26, smiling at the 2019 American Music Awards in L.A.
People received an official statement from King, late Friday (Jan. 21) about the loss of her son, reading:
“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.”
As reported by PageSix, Ian, who went by desdune as a DJ and artist, shared some worrisome tweets on Twitter.
One tweet read, “you know that episode of SpongeBob where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini spongebobs just losing their s**t….. yea that one really hits home.”
He also tweeted on January 14, “I don’t think Instagram is healthy for me.”
The holidays can be pretty tough for some folks, and looking further into Ian’s shared posts, he was feeling “dark energy for a minute,” as he explained in a tweet back in December 2020. On Christmas 2021, he admitted the last two holidays have “built character.”
He had a show scheduled on January 28, which would’ve been a breakout event for his music career. “It’s been a minute but now we back at the jump off,” he wrote, borrowing a page from Lil Kim’s lyrics. “Don’t you want to say you supported dedune before the blowup??”