Regina King returned to Instagram Thursday to share a loving tribute to her late son Ian Alexander Jr., one year after his death.
In her first post since he passed away, the Oscar-winning actress uploaded a video on what would have been Alexander’s 27th birthday.
The video showed an orange sky lantern floating through the air in the dark.
The actress and director captioned the moving post, “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.”
She added, “Of course orange is your favorite color… It’s 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.”
Alexander died by suicide on Jan. 21, 2022, right after he turned 26.
He was King’s only child that she shared with her former husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. The two divorced in 2007.
Like his father, Ian worked in the music industry. He was a musician and deejay, and used the stage name “Desduné.”
King and her son were close. He frequently accompanied her to red carpet events and the two shared posts about each other on social media.
At the time of his death, King released a statement on her loss.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” the statement read. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time.”