If there’s one thing Jamie Foxx cares about the most, it’s his family. Along with being a proud dad to his two kids, Corinne Foxx and Annalise Bishop, the iconic Ray actor is also a loving brother to his sisters, Deidra Dixon and late sibling DeOndra Dixon.
In late October, Jamie shared the tragic news that his beloved little sister DeOndra died at age 36. The Django Unchained star said his “heart is shattered into a million pieces” while announcing his sister’s death in an emotional post on Instagram.
“My beautiful loving sister DeOndra has transitioned … I say transitioned because she will always be alive,” he wrote alongside various photos with DeOndra from over the years. “Anyone who knew my sis … knew that she was a bright light.”
In his tribute, Jamie recalled all the times he hosted “parties at the house” where DeOndra, who was born with Down syndrome, “[stole] the show” with her moves on the dance floor. “I know she is in heaven now dancing with her wings on,” he gushed.
Although the pain Jamie feels is “unbelievable,” he takes solace in thinking of “all of the great memories” he made with DeOndra. “From dancing in the ‘Blame It’ video … to Dancing [at] the Grammys … from sliding down my stairs with a grin as wide as the Rio Grande … to serenading us with all of her music.”
The Academy Award winner said despite having a “hole in [his] heart” following DeOndra’s passing, he will “fill it with all of the memories” that they shared together. “I love you with every ounce of me … our family is shattered, but we will put the pieces back together with your love.”
Prior to her death, DeOndra was named an Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011. At the time, the Jamie Foxx Show alum praised his little sister for being an inspiration to so many.
“She’s a superstar now,” he shared with People in November 2011. “One thing people may not understand is that the love a person with special needs gives you is unfiltered. There is nothing in the way of them loving you and there is nothing in the way of them being upset with you either. You really get the true individual.”
Jamie surely feels lucky to have had DeOndra in his life.
Scroll through the gallery below to learn more about Jamie’s sisters, Deidre and DeOndra.
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