/  01.22.2022

Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King‘s only child, has died by suicide. He was 26.

The news was first reported by LoveBScott. Alexander Jr. just turned 26 on Wednesday (Jan. 19).

In a statement sent to PEOPLE, King confirmed he took his own life and said that her 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,” King said.

Alexander Jr. is the son of Ian Alexander Sr., who is a record producer and King’s ex-husband, according to PEOPLE.

The 26-year-old was a celebrity chef, a DJ and singer-songwriter performing under the name Desduné. On Instagram, he recently promoted his upcoming gig — a showcase called Breaking Sound LA at Bardot. 

A week ago, King took to Instagram to promote her son’s new track “Green Eyes.” She shared a short clip and wrote in the caption: “Now listening to “Green Eyes.” @Desdunemjv said he’d quit smoking if he gets a million streams …. Maaan Listen… I got this jam on repeat.”

 

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Alexander Jr. was born and raised in Los Angeles. In a May 2021 interview with Flaunt Magazine, he said he definitely considered himself “a person that’s for the arts.”

According to the fashion publication, Alexander Jr. was working on an EP titled Clementine before he passed away. 

“It was a direct reflection of how I was feeling at the time. Even from the sonics of the actual production itself, I produced all the beats and music myself. I was going through a breakup which is what the EP’s about, and you can really hear that. You’re gonna for sure connect through it,” he told Flaunt at the time. “Everything’s definitely a reflection of how I was feeling, this EP is a journal.”

“A lot of different art forms I’m down for, that’s my dharma,” he said. “I’m a pretty laid-back person, pretty groovy. I listen to a lot of different music. I like to dance so really if I’m having fun and can create art, I’m happy.”

Rest In Peace, Desduné. Listen to “Green Eyes,” “Work It Out,” and other songs below: 

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