November 17, 2020
American actor and comedian Jamie Foxx has announced the start of a fund in honor of his late sister, DeOndra Dixon, who died last month.
Actor Jamie Foxx and his late younger sister DeOndra Dixon enjoyed an incredible bond while she was alive. It was a bond the actor described as unbreakable.
The actor revealed to PEOPLE in 2011 that as a person with special needs, Dixon had unfiltered love for him and always showed her true self to him at all times.
The actor continues to mourn his beloved sister following her demise and has created a fund to honor her. Last weekend, the actor attended a virtual event hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
At the event tagged "Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show," a record-breaking $1.9 million was raised for the foundation and will help it underwrite life-saving and life-changing research and medical care at its facilities.
Besides the record-breaking fundraising, another feature of the event was a special performance by singer Phillip Phillips, who performed a soulful rendition of the song, "Gone, Gone, Gone" in Dixon's honor. Foxx announced his creation of "The Deondra Dixon Fund," in partnership with Michelle Sie Whitten, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's founder.
She was a tough competition for the singer on the dancefloor.
Dixon died at the age of 36 on October 19. Global Down Syndrome Foundation posted a glowing tribute in her honor on its official website, expressing sadness at their beloved ambassador's passing.
In the tributary statement, the foundation described Dixon as a talented, intelligent, feisty, beautiful, caring, loving, kind person with a pure and giving heart.
The foundation also described Dixon, who was the first recipient of its Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, as a beacon of hope and bright light in a dark world, who would be sorely missed but always remembered.
Foxx confirmed his beloved sister's passing and mourned her in a post on his Instagram page on Monday, October 27. Accompanying the actor's post was a series of pictures of both of them.
Foxx noted his heart was shattered into a million pieces by Dixon's transitioning but said she will always be alive as she was a bright light. He narrated how she always stole the show on the dance floor during parties.
The actor revealed Dixon was a huge fan of Chris Brown's, joking that she was a tough competition for the singer on the dancefloor. He noted she would be in heaven dancing with her wings.
Reminiscing on the memories his late sister left behind, Foxx said she left a hole in his heart, but he would fill it in with all the memories she gave him. He further said his family had been shattered by Dixon's passing but would put the pieces back together with her love.
The actor ended his emotional post by asking his fans to keep his family in their prayers. Dixon may no longer be in the world, but her memories will live forever. May her soul continue to rest in peace.