Regina King Celebrated The Life Of Her Late Son Ian With A Lantern Tribute And A Heartfelt Message

    "As we still process his physical absence, we celebrate his presence."

    A year after her son's tragic death, Regina King celebrated her "guiding light" with a lantern tribute.

    Regina with her hand on her son's should as they smile for a photograph

    Regina shared a heartfelt dedication to her son Ian Alexander Jr. on Instagram, to honor what would have been his 27th birthday.

    Regina and Ian are sitting at an event and smiling for a photo as they lean towards each mother

    "January 19th is Ian’s Worthday," Regina wrote on Instagram. "As we still process his physical absence, we celebrate his presence."

    Regina and Ian laughing at a sporting event

    "We are all in different places on the planet…so is Ian. His spirit is the thread that connects us."

    Ian and Regina looking at each as they laugh after being shown on the big screen at a sports event while others look at the two

    Regina's tribute was accompanied by a video of her letting go of an orange lantern, which represented Ian's favorite color.

    The lantern floating into the night sky

    "Of course orange is your favorite color," Regina continued. "Its the fire and the calm. I see you in everything I breathe."

    "My absolute favorite thing about myself is being...Regina the mother of Ian the GodKing. Continue to shine bright, my guiding light. 🧡🧡🧡"

    This is the first time Regina has spoken out about her son on social media since revealing that he died by suicide on Jan. 22, 2022.

    Regina's fans and celebrity friends flooded her comment section with words of support, including Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, Reese Witherspon, Julianne Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Niecy Nash-Betts, Sarah Paulson, and more.

    And we send our love to Regina and her family during this time.

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at The Trevor Project, which provides help and suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth, is 1-866-488-7386.