Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. reportedly committed suicide on Friday (January 21) just days after his 26th birthday. Now, she has received an outpouring of support from across social media.
Here are examples of just some tweets she received:
PEOPLE confirmed Alexander’s death and received a statement from King, 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."
Ian was King’s only child, whom she shared with ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr, 65.
Throughout the years, King often walked the red carpet with her son standing right by her side. One of the more memorable moments was at the 45th NAACP Image Awards on February 22, 2014.
After ending her marriage in 2007, King focused on her role as a single mother, giving Alexander Jr. her undivided attention and support.
It was a mutual love and adoration. In honor of his mother’s 50th birthday, Alexander Jr. posted a tribute to King on Instagram writing, “...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 shit on you, your the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!"
Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone you know is considering suicide at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.