Regina King devastated: the actress' only son died at 26

Ian Alexander Jr, Regina King's only son, has passed away. The Oscar-winning actress confirmed the tragic news in a statement to PEOPLE magazine. Our family is devastated to the core by the loss of Ian, the statement said Friday. 
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 Alexander's 26th birthday was Wednesday. He was the The Harder The Fall actress' only child with her record producer ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr. Ian was a DJ and an incredible young man, Regina King, 51, previously told the magazine. You don't know what unconditional love is, she reportedly said of her son in 2007. You can say you know it, but if you don't have a child, you don't know what it is, she explained at the time. When you experience it, it's the most fulfilling thing ever.
Regina King and her son were so close that they had the same tattoos that read unconditional love in Aramaic.