Actor Jamie Foxx has been grieving and has shared the news with his fans via his social media channels that his beloved sister DeOndra Dixon, whom he’s featured prominently in his own work, has passed away at the age of 36. The family has asked for prayers during this difficult time.
DeOndra Dixon was born September 6, 1984 and was the daughter of Foxx’s mother and stepfather. She had Down’s Syndrome and was named the Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011, after having participated in the Special Olympics since she was 6th grade. After she graduated high school in 2002, she moved to California with her brother and the rest of her family.
DeOndra wanted to be a dancer, a goal that was supported by her older brother. On the foundation’s website, she’d talked about her dreams in her biography. Dixon said she was “born to dance,” writing, “I want to be a professional dancer.”
“My brother has given me a chance to do some special things,” Dixon said. “I danced in his video “Blame It.” I’ve danced on stage at some of his concerts all over the country. And guess what? I’ve danced at the Grammy’s!”
Foxx took to Instagram to write a lengthy post about his sister’s passing on Monday, Oct. 19th.
“My heart is shattered into a million pieces… my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned…,” Foxx wrote. “I say transitioned because she will always be alive… anyone who knew my sis… knew that she was a bright light.”