Jamie Foxx has announced the passing of his 36-year-old younger sister DeOndra Dixon.
Monday on Instagram, the “Ray” actor posted a series of pictures of DeOndra while mourning her death.
“My heart is shattered into a million pieces,” he wrote. “My beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned... I say transitioned because she will always be alive.”
Describing his sister as a “bright light,” Foxx remembers DeOndra as a fierce dancer who always stole the show.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
In addition to dancing in her brother’s 2008 “Blame It” music video and at a Grammys ceremony, DeOndra was named the ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011.
“From sliding down my stairs with a grin as wide as the rio grand... to serenading us with all of her music... Deondra you have left A hole in my heart... but I will fill it with all of the memories that you gave me,” Jamie continued.
“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.”
Born on September 6, 1984, DeOndra participated in the Special Olympics when she was in the sixth grade and competed for over nine years.
Per the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s website, DeOndra said she was “born to dance” and wanted “to be a professional dancer.”
“Lots of kids with Down syndrome never get a chance to shine or chase their dreams. Each one has something to offer and each one has a dream,” she wrote.
Jamie has been vocal about his close relationship with DeOndra, telling People in November 2011, “We weren’t trippin’ on the fact that she had Down syndrome. We were trippin’ on the fact that she was cute. She was this little chocolate ball."
In an August 2018 interview with “Dateline,” Jamie said his sister has taught him “how to live.”
“Sometimes we get caught up in our world on the extras of everything — 'Ah, the Mercedes is not the right color!' 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,” he said.
A People source says DeOndra passed away Monday, October 19.
Our condolences go out to Jamie and his family for their loss.