KING Richard’s daughter broke down in tears as she remembered the tragic suicide of her son Alphonse and called on others to seek help if they were fighting their own demons.
In a moving video interview, obtained exclusively by The Sun, Sabrina Williams, the half-sister of tennis stars Serena and Venus, opened up about the discovery of her son who died earlier this month – aged just 21.
He committed suicide on February 3 after years of bipolar disorder and a recent diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease, which causes the penis to bend.
Sabrina says Alphonse, who was openly gay and had a partner, felt his medical situation would affect his relationship and struggled to see a bright future.
She feared he had killed himself after his bedroom light was left on all night and he hadn’t gotten up when his morning alarm went off, but Sabrina admits she didn’t want to face it. reality.
“I opened the door and called his name, nothing. And I said he left right away. I said, he left,” she tearfully recalled.
“I smelled it and called his name. He was just freezing. I’ve never seen anything like it. He was freezing. So he was long gone.
“I asked my daughter-in-law to call 911. And I screamed. I ran and said, call 911, call 911.”
Sabrina says one of the most difficult moments of that fateful day was when police declared her house a crime scene due to Alphonse’s age and the sudden nature of his death.
“It’s a two hour process, they wait, which kills me,” she recalled. “I can not enter [his room] every time I go it’s like ‘madam’ and then we wait for the [coroner] to come.
“And she came and she was a really nice woman and the police were nice, but to be honest, I don’t remember anything they said.
“I kept saying don’t hurt his body or anything. I know they moved him, but I didn’t want to move him.
“When I was at 911, the lady said, well, have you tried CPR? And I was like, ma’am, he’s cold. ‘Well, have you tried CPR?’ So I went to the station to try CPR,” adding that she knew he was dead.
“She asked me more questions and I just remember telling her, stop it, bring them here.
“But all the while, I was just thinking, how did I miss this? What didn’t I see? I mean, at 4 in the morning, I probably should have gone, but I already knew he was gone. I don’t want to face the facts.
“And I thought, is she a bad mother? I don’t know. I can’t even say, I don’t know. Would that have saved his life? No. Because he was already gone.
“One of the things that comforted me was that when I found him, he had this incredible peace about him. His face, he was beautiful, just beautiful.
“I was really grateful. I know that sounds selfish, but he didn’t use a gun or anything, I don’t know if I could take that memory.”
She says her other son Elijah, who was living with the couple in Las Vegas, was “hysterical” and tried to comfort him and other family members before saying goodbye to Alphonse.
“They finally let us into the room. I first hugged him for a while and just said, man, I love you. I didn’t even tell him, why did- you do that? I just said, man, I love you so much.”
She added: “I said a little prayer over him and I just ask God to receive him in his arms.”
The family believe that Alphonse, who was studying computer programming at university and regularly saw a counselor for his problems, had overdosed on unknown drugs he had bought himself.
But they are still awaiting answers as autopsy results could take weeks to come back.
SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED
Sabrina says her son’s death could have been avoided because he reached out to tell someone else he was going to kill himself, but he told her he felt fine.
“When someone tells you they want to kill themselves, they’re telling you they’re not playing,” she said. “They don’t want attention. They ask for help.
“If someone tells you, because if they feel they can, if someone, they just want someone to listen to them, once you’ve done that, you can ask them to l help. Suicide can be prevented. It really is possible.
“Just that person, it just takes one person. My son left because one person pushed him away.”
Sabrina is estranged from her famous family and has only met her stepsisters once by chance, after her father Richard, now 80, left his first family when she was only 8 years old.
She has previously criticized her father and the Hollywood film based on her life, King Richard, starring Will Smith – which has been nominated for five Oscars ahead of next month’s ceremony.