Regina King pays tribute to her late son Ian Alexander Jr. nearly a year after his tragic death

Regina King pays tribute to her late son Ian Alexander Jr. almost a year after his tragic death: ‘His spirit is the common thread that connects us’

Regina King paid tribute to the life of her only son Ian Alexander Jr. in a touching post shared on Instagram on Thursday, nearly a year after his death by suicide.

The 52-year-old King shared a short video of an orange paper lantern floating high in the sky as he was lifted by a lit candle lit in Ian’s honour.

Although she shared the video shortly before the anniversary of his death, it was filmed on what would have been his 27th birthday on January 19.

Despite the seemingly bleak occasion, King’s relatives could be heard cheering at the moving display in the background as the lantern floated toward a large tree in the distance.

Keeping his memory alive: Regina King, 52, shared an Instagram post on Thursday in honor of her late son Ian Alexander Jr., nearly a year after his tragic death by suicide;  seen in 2015 in LA

Keeping his memory alive: Regina King, 52, shared an Instagram post on Thursday in honor of her late son Ian Alexander Jr., nearly a year after his tragic death by suicide; seen in 2015 in LA

January 19 is Ian’s Worth Day. While still processing his physical absence, we celebrate his presence,” King wrote in her caption. “We’re all in different places on the planet… Ian too. His spirit is the common thread that connects us.’

She noted that the sky lantern was orange because it was his “favorite color,” representing “the fire and tranquility.”

She added that her son would also be present with her.

“I see you in everything I breathe,” the Oscar-winning actress wrote. “My absolute favorite thing about myself is…. Regina, the mother of Ian the GodKing. Keep shining bright, my guiding light 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡.”

Sweet: King filmed a floating lantern, which was orange because it was Ian's 'favorite color...It's the fire and the calm'.  Her family could be heard in the video cheering for the rising flame

Sweet: King filmed a floating lantern, which was orange because it was Ian’s ‘favorite color…It’s the fire and the calm’. Her family could be heard in the video cheering for the rising flame

Missing him:

Missing him: “I see you in everything I breathe,” the Oscar-winning actress wrote. “My absolute favorite thing about myself is…. Regina, the mother of Ian the GodKing. Keep shining bright, my guiding light’

Several of King’s friends responded with orange hearts to show their support, including Tracee Ellis Ross and Holly Robinson Peete, while Octavia Spencer posted a line of praying hands.

The filmmaker Ava DuVernay quoted Roisin Kelly as saying, “I will choose for myself next time who I will reach out and take as my own, as I could stand at a fruit stand and have decided to ignore the apples, the mangoes, and the kiwis . . But hold my hands over a pile of oranges as if to warm my skin before a fire.’

Thursday’s post marked King’s return to Instagram after not sharing any posts since just before Ian’s untimely death.

The If Beale Street Could Talk actress shared her son with her ex-husband, the music producer Ian Alexander Jr., to whom she was married from 1997 to 2007.

Family: The If Beale Street Could Talk actress shared her son with her ex-husband, the music producer Ian Alexander Jr., to whom she was married from 1997 to 2007;  seen in 2019

Family: The If Beale Street Could Talk actress shared her son with her ex-husband, the music producer Ian Alexander Jr., to whom she was married from 1997 to 2007; seen in 2019

Ian Jr. shared his father’s love of music and had his own thriving career as a DJ, and was on track to release new music shortly after his death.

Days before his death, he shared a final Twitter post in which he wrote, “I don’t think instagram is healthy for me.”

King previously spoke of the joy and strength of being a single parent while raising her son.

You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say yes, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is,’ she said. ‘Experiencing it is the most satisfying thing [thing] ever.’

She and her son were linked in life with matching tattoos that read “unconditional love” written in Aramaic, with Ian’s on his shoulder and her tattoo on her arm, according to People.

If you or a loved one needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

So Much Promise: Ian Jr.  shared his father's love of music and had his own thriving career as a DJ, and was on track to release new music shortly after his death

So Much Promise: Ian Jr. shared his father’s love of music and had his own thriving career as a DJ, and was on track to release new music shortly after his death

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