KEY POINTS

  • Jamie Foxx paid tribute to his late sister DeOndra Dixon on Instagram, calling her a “bright light”
  • Foxx shared photos of him with his younger sister, who was born with Down Syndrome
  • Dixon died on Oct. 19, a report says

Jamie Foxx's younger sister, DeOndra Dixon, has died at the age of 36. The actor took to Instagram Monday to pay tribute to his late sibling, saying that her death has left his heart shattered.

Foxx also shared photos of him with his sister, who was born with Down Syndrome.

"My heart is shattered into a million pieces... my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned," Foxx wrote. "I say transitioned because she will always be alive... anyone who knew my sis... knew that she was a bright light..."

A source close to the actor told People magazine that Dixon died on Oct. 19.

Foxx also raved about his sister's dancing skills and joked that Dixon gave Chris Brown a run for his money. He added that he has no doubt that Dixon was "dancing with her wings on."

Dixon, born in Texas to Foxx's mother, Louise Annette Dixon, and his stepfather, George Dixon, has always loved dancing and had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer.

On an autobiography page on the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s website, Dixon, who was named an ambassador for the organization in 2011, wrote that she feels she was born to dance.

"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 Grammys!"

Meanwhile, Foxx concluded his post by asking everyone to keep his family in their prayers.

"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," he wrote.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation also paid tribute to Dixon, calling her "a beacon of hope, a true leader and role model whose aim was to always help others."

Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 24, 2019. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images