Famous Actress Regina King's Only Son Commits Suicide

Regina King's only son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide.

The actress, 51, confirmed the tragic news to PEOPLE on Friday with a statement 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 - who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday - shared her son with her record producer ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr. He is her only child.