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Heartbreaking final photos of Regina King’s son Ian show him toasting his mother in the weeks of interviews before committing suicide

HEART final images of Regina King spending New Year’s Eve with her late son Ian Alexander Jr. just a few weeks before he committed suicide.

Ian, who took his own life on Wednesday, which was his 26th birthday, was shown toasting.

Regina King appeared with son Ian Alexander Jr.  (right) and her 'bonus son' Brandon on New Year's Eve for a CNN special

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Regina King appeared with son Ian Alexander Jr. (right) and her ‘bonus son’ Brandon on New Year’s Eve for a CNN specialCredit: CNN
King, Ian and Brandon all toast to CNN's Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

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King, Ian and Brandon all toast to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Andy CohenCredit: CNN

The Oscar-winning actress, 51, confirmed her the death of an only child in a statement on Friday, in which she remembered Ian as a “bright lamp who cared deeply about the well-being of others”.

In the final interview, she was seen with Ian and a man named Brandon, whom she referred to as the “bonus son”, during a virtual appearance on Cooper’s New Year’s Eve show and Cohen.

They seem to be in good spirits, congratulating each other, in a family party.

In the interview, King said: “Twenty years, we were everything, the whole family everyone was together for the two of us. [Ian and Brandon] and their lives brought us together. And we also drink in the spirit of inclusion.

Ian can be seen throughout the rest of the interview, smiling and drinking while mom Regina discusses career highlights.

King then joked that ‘things will get better’ and his son Ian happily toasted Diageo, a London-based beverage company that he says operates “in a forward-thinking spirit”.

A spokesperson for King confirmed her son’s death in a statement on Saturday.

A statement read: “Our family is devastated to the deepest extent by the loss of Ian.

“He is such a bright light who cares so much about the happiness of others. Our family respectfully considers during this private time.”

Read our Ian Alexander Jr live blog for the latest news and updates…

Ian’s last messages posted on Twitter revealed that he felt he was “fading away”.

Five days before taking his own life, he tweeted: ‘You know, the SpongeBob episode where they went inside his brain and it was a bunch of little sponges that just went away…

In a separate message, he said: “‘I don’t think Instagram is healthy for me.”

Regina King's only son, Ian Alexander Jr, often accompanies him to events

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Regina King’s only son, Ian Alexander Jr, often accompanies him to eventsCredit: Rex
His tragic death was announced on Saturday

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His tragic death was announced on SaturdayCredit: Rex

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues outlined in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Sugar Crisis line at number 741741.

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Bobby Allyn

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