Jamie Foxx is setting up a special fund to honour his late sister, DeOndra Dixon.
The news was revealed at a Global Down Syndrome Foundation event on the weekend, where DeOndra was a star ambassador.
The fund is being set up with Global Down Syndrome’s founder Michelle Sie Whitten and will support the work they do in research, medical care, education and advocacy.
DeOndra, who had Down Syndrome, passed away last month at the age of 36.
In a post on Instagram at the time, Jamie described the heartbreak of losing his little sister:
“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,” he writes.
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“I can’t tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she had 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 the great memories that she left me, my family and her friends.”
He describes how her death has left a hole in his heart but that he will fill that hole with beautiful memories.
“I love you with every ounce of me…our family is shattered but we will put the pieces back together with your love.”
DeOndra had a huge impact on the foundation too. In a tribute posted on their website, she’s described as “intelligent, feisty, beautiful, kind, loving, caring, pure and giving heart,” as well as a “beacon of hope, a true leader and role model whose aim was to always help others.”
Feature Image Credit: Jamie Foxx (Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com);
Inset Credit: DeOndra Dixon (Photo: @iamjamiefoxx/Instagram)