Jamie Foxx Says His Mystery Illness Started with a ‘Bad Headache’: ‘I Was Gone for 20 Days’

The actor shared more details about the illness that landed him in the hospital last April

Actor/Producer Jamie Foxx seen at THE BURIAL Special Screening at Linwood Dunn Theater on December 17, 2023


Jamie Foxx is sharing more details about the mystery illness that landed him in the hospital last April.

The actor, 56, talked about the early days of his health scare in a video shared on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, by The Art of the Dialogue.

“Look, April 11th last year,” Foxx tells a group of people gathered around him at an outdoor café in Phoenix, “Bad headache. I asked my boy for an Advil.”

He snaps his fingers.

“I was gone for 20 days,” Foxx said. “I don’t remember anything.”

Actor and musician Jamie Foxx arrives in flair at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Jamie Foxx in New York in May 2024.RICK DAVIS / SPLASHNEWS.COM

“So they told me — I’m in Atlanta — so they told me my sister and my daughter took me to the first doctor,” Foxx said of his sister, Deidra Dixon, and daughter, Corinne Foxx.

“They gave me a cortisone shot,” he tells the woman next to him. (A cortisone injection, the Mayo Clinic explains, is used to “relieve pain, swelling and irritation.”)


He continued: “The next doctor said something’s going on up there,” pointing to his head.

“I won’t say it on camera,” the Academy Award winner said, earning laughs from the crowd.

“But it was…” he trailed off, shrugging, as the video ended.


Foxx has previously said his sister Deidra saved his life during his health crisis, sharing an Instagram post that said, “without you I would not be here … had you not made the decisions that you made I would’ve lost my life.”

The actor, who recently returned to the FOX competition Beat Shazam after his illness caused him to sit out for season 6,  has also teased a return to stand-up comedy where he says he’ll address what happened.

In February, Foxx referenced his health scare, saying, “Going to get on somebody’s stage somewhere near you. I got some jokes, and a story to tell….”



Jamie Foxx Says Medical Emergency Started With a ‘Bad Headache’ and Then ‘I Was Gone for 20 Days. I Don’t Remember Anything’

The actor shared more details about the illness that landed him in the hospital last April

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Jamie Foxx attends the "Creed III" European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on February 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Jamie Foxx has provided the first brief details about the medical emergency that left him hospitalized last year. No official cause has ever been disclosed about the incident, although the Oscar-winning actor recently appeared on video (via People) telling a group in Phoenix, Ariz. that his emergency all started with a “bad headache” in April 2023.

“I asked my boy for an Advil,” Foxx said and then snapped his fingers. “I was gone for 20 days. I don’t remember anything. So they told me — I’m in Atlanta — so they told me my sister and my daughter took me to the first doctor. … They gave me a cortisone shot.”

Foxx said doctors ultimately told him that “something’s going on up there,” pointing to his head. But he added: “I won’t say it on camera.”

Variety has reached out to Foxx’s representatives for additional comment.

Foxx daughter, Corrine, announced Jamie’s hospitalization on Instagram in a post published April 12, 2023. She wrote at the time: “We wanted to share that my father Jamie Foxx experienced a medical complication yesterday. Luckily due to quick action and great care he is already on his way to recovery. We know how beloved he is and appreciate your prayers. The family asks for privacy during this time.”

At the time of his hospitalization, Foxx was in Atlanta filming the Netflix action comedy “Back in Action” alongside Cameron Diaz. Production on the movie, which is set to stream later this year, continued amid Foxx’s hospitalization. The actor was also temporarily replaced as the host of the Fox game show “Beat Shazam” while he recovered from the emergency.

While he has never disclosed specific details about the emergency, Foxx took to social media last summer to tell his fans that “I went through something I thought I would never, ever go through,” adding, “I know a lot of people were waiting or wanting to hear updates, but to be honest with you, I just didn’t want you to see me like that. I want you to see me laughing, having a good time, partying, cracking a joke, doing a movie, television show. I didn’t want you to see me with tubes running out of me, and trying to figure if I was gonna make it through.”

At the African American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Awards luncheon earlier this year, Foxx teased plans to further discuss his medical emergency in some kind of a filmed special.


“Everybody wants to know what happened, and I’m going to tell you what happened. But I’ve gotta do it in my way,” Foxx said at the time. “I’m gonna do it in a funny way. We’re gonna be on the stage. We’re gonna get back to the standup sort of roots.”




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