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Regina King has paid tribute to her late son, Ian Alexander Jr., nearly a year after his death.
King shared a video on Instagram on Thursday of a lantern glowing in the sky on what would have been Alexander’s 27th birthday.
“January 19th is Ian’s Worthday,” she captioned the video. “While we are still processing his physical absence, we are celebrating his presence. We are all in different places on the planet… Ian too. His spirit is the common thread that connects us.”
Alexander committed suicide at the age of 26.
He was an accomplished musician and DJ who performed as “Desduné” and had released a new single “Green Eyes” shortly before his passing.
“Of course orange is your favorite color… It’s the fire and the tranquility. I see you in everything I breathe. My absolute favorite thing about myself is…. Regina, the mother of Ian the GodKing. Keep shining bright, my guiding light,” King wrote.
Several of King’s friends and industry colleagues shared their love and support.
Ava DuVernay responded to the post with a quote: “I will choose for myself next time who I will award and take as my own, as I could stand at a fruit stand and have decided the apples, the mangoes and the kiwis. But hold my hands over a pile of oranges as if to warm my skin in front of a fire.- Roisin Kelly”
Justin Theroux chimed in with, “I love you, Regina. I’ll send you more,” adding a heart emoji.
Reese Witherspoon wrote, ‘I always think of Ian and his cheerful spirit. I love you.”