Jamie Foxx is mourning the loss of his sister.
On Monday, the Oscar-winning actor revealed that his younger sister, DeOndra Dixon, has passed away. According to PEOPLE, Dixon died Oct. 19 at the age of 36. A heartbroken Foxx posted a series of photos of him and his sister on Instagram along with a loving tribute.
“My heart is shattered into a million pieces… my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned…” he wrote. “I say transitioned because she will always be alive… anyone who knew my sis… knew that she was a bright light…”
He also recalled fond memories of his little sister, who would steal the show with her dance moves. “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 continued to share his grief over the devastating loss. “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…”
Dixon was born in Dallas, Texas, to Foxx’s mother, Louise Annette Dixon, and his stepfather, George Dixon. “We weren’t trippin’ on the fact that she had Down syndrome,” Foxx told PEOPLE in 2011. “We were trippin’ on the fact that she was cute. She was this little chocolate ball.”
Dixon, who lived with her brother in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was named the Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2011 and participated in the Special Olympics for over nine years. She also had dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
“I feel I was born to dance,” she said. “My brother has given me a chance to do some special things. 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 Grammys!”
Foxx received condolences from celebrity friends including Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Ashanti, Michael B. Jordan, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pratt.