Foxx, 52, shared a series of photos featuring himself with Dixon, who was born with Down syndrome, and wrote, “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…” Foxx’s post continued.
“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…”
Foxx added, “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..”
Foxx has two daughters from two different relationships. He shares Corinne Foxx, 26, with Air Force veteran Connie Kline, and Annalise Bishop, 12, with ex-girlfriend Kristin Grannis.
Dixon Dreamed of Becoming a Professional Dancer & Danced in Foxx’s ‘Blame It’ Music Video
Born on September 6, 1984, in Dallas, Texas, Dixon never let Down syndrome hold her back. In the sixth grade, she started competing in the Special Olympics, and after graduating from Terrell High School in 2002, Dixon moved to Thousand Oaks, California to live with her big brother and other members of their family.
In 2011, Dixon became an ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “I feel I was born to dance,” Dixon wrote on her biography page. She was also aware of the privileges she’d been granted by having such a famous older brother.
“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!
“Lots of kids with Down syndrome never get a chance to shine or chase their dreams,” Dixon added. “Each one has something to offer and each one has a dream. Please help me and my family to advocate for so many beautiful and brilliant children with Down syndrome who’ve been neglected. Together we will make dreams come true.”
Foxx Described Loving His Baby Sister at First Sight: ‘We Weren’t Trippin’ On the Fact That She Had Down Syndrome’
Dixon had the same mother as Foxx, Louise Annette Dixon, and her father, George Dixon, is the Just Mercy actor’s stepfather. Foxx was 16 years old when his little sister was born, and the Oscar-winner previously described the moment he instantly fell in love with her.
“We weren’t trippin’ on the fact that she had Down syndrome,” he told People in November 2011. “We were trippin’ on the fact that she was cute. She was this little chocolate ball.”
Foxx also spoke highly of her dance skills. “I always lose the dance battle because she’s got the good moves. One thing people may not understand is that the person with special needs, the love that they give you is unfiltered. There is nothing in the way of them loving you and there is nothing in the way of them being upset with you either.”
“You really get the true individual,” Foxx continued. “It’s challenging, but it is moments like this that make it all work. She’s a superstar now.”