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Regina King took to social media on Thursday (January 19) to honor her late son, Ian Alexander Jr., on what would have been his 27th birthday.

Sadly, in 2022, Ian took his own life two days after his 26th birthday.

In a post on her Instagram page, Regina shared a video of an orange lantern taking flight into the night sky.

The caption on the post read:

January 19th is Ian’s Worthday.

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

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

Of course orange is your favorite color…Its the fire and the calm.

I see you in everything I breath.

My absolute favorite thing about myself is being ….Regina the mother of Ian the GodKing.

Continue to shine bright,my guiding light. 🧡🧡🧡

See Regina King’s original post below.

Ava DuVernay shared a beautiful quote in the comments of the post:

“I’ll choose for myself next time who I’ll reach out and take as mine, in the way I might stand at a fruit stall having decided to ignore the apples, the mangoes and the kiwis.

But hold my hands above a pile of oranges as if to warm my skin before a fire.” – Roisin Kelly 🙏🏾

Busta Rhymes also shared words of love and support writing:

Sending you love, light, strength, peace of mind, body and spirit Queen.

We love you unconditionally Queen @iamreginaking and we love and honor the young GodKing Ian. 🤲🏿🤲🏿🤲🏿🤲🏿🕊🕊🕊🕊

Please continue to send love and light to Regina King and all who knew and loved Ian.