- Movie star Jamie Foxx has confirmed the news of his sister DeOndra Dixon's passing in an emotional tribute, saying his heart was shattered into a million pieces
- DeOndra was born with Down syndrome and reportedly died on Monday, October 19
- Foxx shared several pictures in his tribute of the pair, noting she had only transitioned because she will always be 'alive'
- The late Dixon was in 2011 named the Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation
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Renowned actor and singer Jamie Foxx has lost his 36-year-old sister DeOndra Dixon. The movie star confirmed the news on Instagram on Monday, October 26 in an emotional tribute, saying his heart was shattered into a million pieces.
The late Dixon, who was born with Down syndrome, reportedly died on Monday, October 19, according to People.
In his tribute, Foxx shared several pictures of the two, noting that she had transitioned because she will always be 'alive' to him.
"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," the actor said.
The actor said she was now dancing in Heaven and he could only smile when he thought of all the memories that she had left him with, which included dancing, something she was passionate about.
"Well I know she is in Heaven now dancing with her wings on, though 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 Grande to serenading us with all of her music," the singer said.
He added she had left a hole in his heart which he would fill with all her memories and prayed her love helps the family in healing. Foxx asked friends and fans to keep his family in prayer.
Dixon was born on September 6, 1984, in Dallas, Texas-US and was in 2011 named the Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She took part in the Special Olympics for over nine years after starting off in 6th Grade with the help of her family.
DeOndra was born to Foxx's mother Louise Annette Dixon and his stepfather George Dixon when the actor was 16 years old. After graduating from high school in 2002, Dixon moved to California to live with Foxx and her family.
She looked up to her big brother and praised him for giving her a platform to dance and do what she loved. The two had an incredible bond and Foxx admired her for showing true love and going for what she wanted in life.
Apart from Foxx, Dixon is survived by her mother and father, sister Deidra and nieces Anepose and Corinne.
In other news about celebrity-related deaths, Briefly.co.za recently reported on hitmaker, Johnny Nash's death. American singer and songwriter, Johnny Nash, recently passed away. According to reports from Daily Mail, the music star died of natural causes.
Nash, who is most popular for his 1972 chart-topper I Can See Clearly Now, died of natural causes at the age of 80 in his hometown in Houston, Texas, as revealed by his son, Johnny Nash Jr.
Daily Mail reported that the deceased’s career started in 1950 and he was the first to bring Jamaican reggae music to American audiences. It was also gathered that Nash helped his friend, Bob Marley, launch his career.
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