What Happened to Jamie Foxx? Here's the Latest Health Update


Jul. 21 2023, Updated 11:28 a.m. ET

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Actor Jamie Foxx appears to be doing better after experiencing what sounds like a fairly serious medical issue.

In a statement posted to Instagram on April 12, 2023, Jamie's daughter Corinne Foxx said that her father had been hospitalized after a "medical complication" and was in recovery.

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On May 12, Corinne updated fans and said her father had been "out of the hospital for weeks." TMZ then reported on May 15 that Jamie was staying in a rehabilitation facility in Chicago. Fans are thankful Jamie is seemingly OK but are still concerned about his health.

So, what happened to Jamie Foxx? Here's what we know, including the latest updates.

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What happened to Jamie Foxx?

"We wanted to share that my father, Jamie Foxx, experienced a medical complication yesterday," Corrine wrote in her April statement, which was sent on behalf of the entire Foxx family. "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."

While few details about the actual medical issue were shared, it's clear that the incident was fairly serious. Jamie was able to receive treatment almost immediately and was still in the hospital as of May 3.

On May 23, Mike Tyson told the PBD Podcast that he heard Jamie reportedly suffered a stroke, per Page Six. However, those reports haven't been confirmed by Jamie's family.

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There were rumors that Jamie Foxx was paralyzed and blind.

Speculation about what happened to Jamie has been rampant. A gossip columnist, A.J. Benza, appeared on Dr. Drew's online show on May 30 and claimed that Jamie has been left "partially paralyzed and blind." He claimed Jamie developed a blood clot in his brain after he was forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Jamie's team, Benza's claim is false.

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Jamie's team said in June that this rumor was "completely inaccurate," according to NBC News. Nonetheless, social media continued to spread this gossip.

The next real update from his daughter Corinne came on May 12, where she said her dad had been "out of the hospital for weeks" and had even been playing pickleball.

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On June 25, Jamie's co-star from Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, Porscha Coleman, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that Jamie was "doing well."

"I hate that the media outlets kept running with the narrative of what was going on without having the proper information," she said.

Then, on June 27, Jamie's They Cloned Tyrone co-star John Boyega told People that he had recently spoken with Jamie, and that the actor was doing well.

“He finally picked up the phone. Thank you, bro,” Boyega told the outlet. “He's doing well. And then, you know, we just giving him the privacy, and we can't wait for his return.”

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John added: “I gave him the well wishes directly. I gave him all the well wishes. So I'm just gonna be waiting until he comes back out here. So take your time, Jamie. We love you, bro.”

Datari Turner, who co-produced They Cloned Tyrone with Foxx, told the outlet at the same time: "[Jamie's] doing amazing. I promise you. Doing really, really good. [Director] Juel [Taylor] talked to him yesterday. John Boyega talked to him yesterday. He's in really, really good shape and spirits. And he'll be back on the screen. He'll be back to work very soon."

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The day after interviewing John and Datari, however, People reported that insiders said Jamie is "still not himself" but is getting the "best care" and is "working hard" on recovering.

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Fans spotted Jamie Foxx out and about.

In July, Jamie was apparently spotted by fans multiple times in Chicago, including on a boat. At one point he even found and returned a missing bag to one woman, who told Fox News that she then asked Jamie how he was doing, to which he responded, "I feel good."

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On July 20, the Oscar winner took to Instagram to share a photo of himself in Las Vegas sitting on a car in a promo for the sports betting company BetMGM. "Thankful for my @betmgm family and a great few nights in Vegas. We got BIG things coming soon," he captioned the post.

That same day, Corinne posted a story to Instagram showing her and her dad sitting on that same car together, writing: "Year 4 of @betmgm in the books. So proud of you always, Dad."

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Jamie Foxx isn't hosting Season 6 of 'Beat Shazam.'

Jamie has been the host of the Fox game show Beat Shazam, but since it was slated to start production shortly after he entered the hospital, he isn't involved in Season 6. Corinne was also on in the show as the DJ, but she is taking a break as well.

That said, Deadline announced on May 15 that the Foxx family would host a new unscripted Fox game show We Are Family in 2024, doing double duty with Beat Shazam.

Nick Cannon is hosting Beat Shazam Season 6, and Kelly Osbourne is up in the DJ booth, per Page Six. Season 6 premiered on Fox on May 23.

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