Jamie Foxx's sister dies at 36: 'My heart is shattered into a million pieces'
Jamie Foxx reveals that his younger sister DeOndra Dixon, who was seen here with the actor in 2016, has passed away. (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx's younger sister, DeOndra Dixon, has died at the age of 36. The Oscar winner shared the sad news on social media, writing, "Pain is incredible."
"My heart broke into a million pieces ... my beautiful, loving sister Deondra passed over," Foxx said on Monday. "I say transition because she will always be alive ... everyone who knew my sister ... knew she was a bright light ..."
Foxx posted a series of photos of Dixon, who was born with Down syndrome. She was named an Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011 and revealed on the foundation's website that she wanted to become a professional dancer. Those steps came in handy when she starred in her brother's music video for "Blame It," a memory the actor recalled in his heartbreaking tribute.
"I can't tell you how many times we had parties at the house where she went on the dance floor and stole the show ... even gave her boyfriend [Chris Brown] a run for his money," shared Foxx With. "Well, I know that she is in heaven and now dancing with her wings ... even though my pain is incredible, I smile when I think of all the great memories she left me ... my family .. ... and her friends ... from dancing in debt to video ... to dancing at the Grammys ... and becoming the ambassador for the [Global Down Syndrome Foundation] ... from sliding down my stairs with a grin so wide like the Rio Grand ... until you serenade us all their music ... "
People report that Dixon passed away on October 19th.
"Deondra, you left a hole in my heart ... but I'll fill it with all the memories you gave me," Foxx continued. "I love you with every ounce of mine ... our family is shattered, but we will put the pieces back together with your love ... and please keep my family in your prayers ..."
In a 2018 interview with Dateline, Foxx said he "learned to live" because of his sister.
"Sometimes in our world we are caught up in the extras of everything -" Ah, the Mercedes is not the right color! "He explained." And then you see this girl over here. 'I just want to live. I want to dance. I want to love. "So she brings you back to what life is."
Foxx often spoke of his special bond with his younger sister and bragged about her accomplishments as she competed in the Special Olympics for more than 9 years.
"She's a superstar now," Foxx told People in 2011.
"One thing that people may not understand is that the love that someone with special needs gives you is unfiltered," he added. “There's nothing to prevent them from loving you, and nothing to get in the way of getting upset with you. You really get the real individual. "
Dixon, who lived at Foxx in Los Angeles, told the magazine, "I'm glad to have a big brother who I love myself to every day."
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