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Tom Hanks Pays Tribute to Dead Mother: ‘Safe Crossing, Mom’

“She was the difference in many lives,” actor writes about Janet Marylyn Frager, who died at age 84

It’s a sad day for Tom Hanks.

The “Forrest Gump” star took to his Instagram account to pay tribute to his mother, Janet Marylyn Frager, in an announcement of her death on Tuesday. She was 84.

“This beauty? My mom. She was the difference in many lives. Many lives,” the 60-year-old actor wrote. “We say goodbye to her today. Safe crossing, mom!”

Frager and Hanks’ father, Amos Mefford Hanks, divorced in 1960. Hanks’ father died in 1992.

The actor later shared a photo of State Theatre in Red Bluff, California, a frequent haunt of his family, according to Hanks.

“Saw many movies here with our Mom,” Hanks wrote. “Thanks for all who came to see her off.”

Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, offered her own tribute to Frager, writing on Instagram, “This wonderful lady gave birth to my husband, and three other children. Thank you for bringing my love into the world. She is at peace now.”