Jamie Foxx’s sister Deondra Dixon has died.
Just 36 years old, the younger sibling of the Oscar Award-winning entertainer had down syndrome and was a beloved figure in her brother’s life whom he spoke lovingly of often. Foxx confirmed the news of her passing in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Monday.
“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,” he wrote in a caption accompanying a slideshow of photos. “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.”
In a 2011 interview with PEOPLE, Foxx spoke proudly of the unconditional love he received from his sister. “One thing people may not understand is that the person with special needs, the love that they give you is unfiltered,” the actor said. “There is nothing in the way of them loving you and there is nothing in the way of them being upset with you either.”
Dixon also wrote a little about the bond she shared with Foxx in her biography on the website for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “My brother has given me a chance to do some special things,” she 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!”
When she became an ambassador for the foundation in 2011, she reflected fondly on her family’s unwavering support. “I know my family loves me. They never set limits and always make me feel I can touch the sky.”
Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Jamie Foxx and his family during this difficult time.