In a heartbreaking tribute on 26th October, actor Jamie Foxx shared the sad news of his little sister, DeOndra Dixon, death at 36 on 19th October. Born with Down Syndrome, Dixon was a global ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation since 2011. The foundation’s first bestowed it’s highest honor, the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, on Dixon.
On Saturday, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation posted a tribute post for Jamie Foxx’s sister’s death to remember her “talented, intelligent, feisty, beautiful, kind, loving, caring, pure and giving heart.”
“Our Down syndrome community has lost a beacon of hope, a true leader, and role model whose aim was to always help others,” the tribute added. “She was a bright light in this world of ours.”
The organization also recognized that unlike the widespread stigma that people living with Down Syndrome face on an everyday basis, DeOndra Dixon had a “loving family who treated her like any other family member.” “They gave her the gifts of complete acceptance, confidence, and knowledge. They empowered her to graduate with a regular diploma from high school and to take life by storm, which, if you knew DeOndra, she absolutely did,” the tribute read.
The Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx pens a moving message remembering his late sister
He posted many photos of DeOndra Dixon with him and other family members along with a lengthy caption wherein he shares how her sudden death has his heart “shattered into a million pieces.”
“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…”
“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 Foxx continued, remembering the beacon of light his sister always will be, even in death.
“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….”
On the website of Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Dixon’s biography reads that she was “born to dance” and wants to “be a professional dancer.”
“My brother has given me a chance to do some special things,” Dixon wrote. “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!”
Though DeOndra passing away has left “ a hole in my heart” for Foxx, he wishes to “fill it with all of the memories that you gave me.”