Condolences and messages of supporting have been pouring in for singer and actor Jamie Foxx following the death of his little sister, DeOndra Dixon.
The star took to Instagram to announce her passing and share his pain.
“My heart is shattered into a million pieces... my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned.”
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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... 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... ??????
She was 36 years old and was the ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. The foundation released a statement saying their hearts were full of sorrow.
“With the heaviest of hearts and full of sorrow, we are beyond sad to share the news that our global ambassador DeOndra Dixon has passed. She is no doubt a true angel looking down on us, just as she was an Angel on earth.
"DeOndra was brought into this world in 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. Her parents, Annette and George Dixon, brother Jamie Foxx, sister Deidra Dixon, nieces Anelise and Corinne, dear friend Kim, and large extended family are beyond consolable, and we ask that you help us respect their privacy during this difficult time.
"For Global, we have lost our talented, intelligent, feisty, beautiful, kind, loving, caring, pure and giving heart, DeOndra Dixon. Our Down syndrome community has lost a beacon of hope, a true leader, and role model whose aim was to always help others. She was a bright light in this world of ours,” the statement reads in part.
Celebrities such as rap icon, Snoop Dogg, actress Nia Long and singer Ashanti also sent Jamie Foxx and his family love after the news broke.