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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 11: DeOndra Dixon with Jamie Foxx at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 9th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on November 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Cooper/Getty Images for Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show)

“My heart is shattered into a million pieces… my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned,” Foxx wrote on Instagram. “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,” Foxx added, joking that she gave her “boyfriend” Chris Brown “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 of the great memories that she left me,” Foxx 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… 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… 💔💔💔

She was the inspiration for and the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, the foundation’s highest honor, after the famed record producer himself “introduced us to DeOndra as one of the most articulate, irrepressible, magnetic people he had ever met,” according to a statement on the GDSF website.

“With the heaviest of hearts and full of sorrow, we are beyond sad to share the news that our beloved Global Ambassador DeOndra Dixon has passed,” GDSF officials said. “She is no doubt a true angel looking down on us, just as she was always an angel on earth.”

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