27 October 2020 02:39
Jamie Foxx announced on Monday that his 'beautiful, loving' younger sister, DeOndra Dixon, has died at age 36. The 52-year-old Oscar winner wrote in an emotional Instagram tribute: 'My heart is shattered into a million pieces. Dixon - who had Down syndrome - is said to have passed away on October 19, according to a source that informed PEOPLE. Tragic news: Jamie Foxx announced on Monday that his 'beautiful, loving' younger sister, DeOndra Dixon (R), has died at age 36 (pictured in 2016) 'Anyone who knew my sis knew that she was a bright light. I can't tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show,' Jamie (born Eric Bishop) continued in his post.
Foxx singled out the high school graduate receiving the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's highest honor, the inaugural Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for Self-Advocacy, in Denver in 2009. The 52-year-old Oscar winner wrote on Instagram: 'My heart is shattered into a million pieces. DeOndra has transitioned. RIP: Dixon - who had Down syndrome - is said to have passed away on October 19 'Jamie (born Eric Bishop) continued: 'I can't tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show. I know she is in heaven now dancing with her wings on.
Aside from Jamie, she is survived by her parents Annette and George Dixon, sister Deidra Dixon, nieces Anelise and Corinne, and good friend Kim. 'I learned how to live. Sometimes we get caught up in our world on the extras of everything - "Ah, the Mercedes is not the right color!"' Foxx said of DeOndra in 2018. '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 down to what life is.' The Just Mercy actor tried to cheer himself up on Monday by going horse riding with his family, writing via Instastory: '#Peace heals a heavy heart' Lived life to the fullest: DeOndra - who's grin was 'as wide as the Rio Grande' - also scored Special Olympic medals in shot put, track and field, bowling, and soccer Jamie Foxx has said his "heart is shattered" in a moving tribute to his sister DeOndra Dixon, who has died aged 36. The Oscar-winning actor, 52, confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Monday along with pictures of the pair. "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..." Ms Dixon, who was born with Down's syndrome, is reported to have died on 19 October, according to People. Her death first came to light last week when singer Chris Brown posted and deleted an emotional tribute on Instagram with a picture of Ms Dixon and Foxx dancing at a fashion show. Brown, 31, wrote: "Lost one of my best friends and one of the most beautiful souls I know. REST IN PEACE sis. WE WIL (sic) DANCE AGAIN ONE DAY...I LOVE YOU." Foxx referred to Brown in his own tribute, writing: "I can't tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show... even gave her boyfriend @chrisbrownofficial a run for his money..." Ms Dixon loved to dance and appeared with Foxx on the Grammys stage as well as star in his video for his song Blame It. She was also a global ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, which described her as a "true angel looking down on us" in its own emotional tribute. Image: Ms Dixon and Foxx performing at a Global Down Syndrome Foundation event in 2011 "We have lost our talented, intelligent, feisty, beautiful, kind, loving, caring, pure and giving heart," the tribute read. "Everyone at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation is in complete shock and full of grief." Jamie Foxx's sister Deondra has died (Picture: Getty) Jamie Foxx is in 'unbelievable pain' after the death of his sister DeOndra Dixon. The actor made the sad announcement on Instagram on Monday. Sharing sweet pictures of him with his sibling, Jamie's tribute read: 'My heart is shattered into a million pieces… my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned. 'I say transitioned because she will always be alive… anyone who knew my sis… knew that she was a bright light… I can't tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show… even gave her boyfriend @chrisbrownofficial a run for his money… 'Well I know she is in heaven now dancing with her wings on…tho my pain is unbelievable I smile when I think of all of the great memories that she left me… my family… and her friends… from dancing in the blame it video… to Dancing on the Grammys… And becoming The ambassador to @globaldownsyndrome… from sliding down my stairs with a grin as wide as the rio grand… to serenading us with all of her music…' He went on: 'Deondra you have left A hole in my heart… but I will fill it with all of the memories that you gave me … I love you with every ounce of me… our family is shattered but we will put the pieces back together with your love… and y'all please keep my family in your prayers…' His friends in the world of entertainment sent loving messages of support. Black Panther star Michael B Jordan wrote: 'Here for you brother! No words can ease what you're going through but the Jordan's are here for you and your family!!' Actor Mike Colter posted a praying hands emoji and actress Porscha Coleman commented: 'Sweet Angel Deondra. She was such a ray of light. And yes, those dance battles were always the best. Rest In Peace, Angel. Deondra became an ambassador to Global Down Syndrome (Picture: Getty) TV presenter Mario Lopez said: 'God Bless you man. My condolences & love to you and your family…' and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi said: 'So sorry for your loss'. Actress and writer Lena Waithe said: 'I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you so much love right now.' In 2018 the comedian told NBC that Deondra, who had Down Syndrome, keeps him grounded. Heâs one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but as far as @iamjamiefoxx is concerned, his baby sister is the family superstar. @tvkatesnow reports on an all-new #Dateline Friday starting at 10/9c on NBC. pic.twitter.com/afO7ixsD5d — Dateline NBC (@DatelineNBC) August 30, 2018 'DeOndra has a light on that has been on since she was born,' he said. 'You get caught up in all this Hollywood, and it really doesn't matter. She brings you back down to what life is.' 'Oh I'm so sorry for your loss Jamie! She was a special soul! Prayers to you and the family' said another while one fan posted: 'My deepest condolences Jamie. I am so sorry. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Star Trek: Discovery: The cultural importance of Michael Burnham's braids for Black viewers