Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King's only child, has tragically taken his own life at the age of 26. On Friday, January 21, the award-winning actress, 51, revealed the heartbreaking news to PEOPLE. "Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cares so deeply about the happiness of others. 'Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you,' the statement reads. Regina claimed at the time that Ian was her greatest source of pride, despite her burgeoning fame as an actor and director. After divorcing Ian's father after nine years of marriage in 2007, King acknowledged that being a single parent wasn't always easy but that her love for her son was stronger than anything. May his soul rest in peace.