Jamie Foxx's health condition still shrouded in secrecy as loved ones guard privacy

By Claire Wolters | Fact-checked by MDLinx staff
Published June 29, 2023

Key Takeaways

  • Jamie Foxx first experienced a medical emergency in April 2023, and details have yet to be released.

  • Some celebrities and journalists have made unconfirmed claims about his situation, including a later-disputed theory that Foxx suffered consequences from the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • As fans and media press for answers, family and friends continue to ask for privacy.

Nearly 2 months after news broke of actor Jamie Foxx’s medical emergency, the star's road to recovery—and details of his situation—remain unknown, and fans are still clamoring for answers on social media.

Jamie Foxx was hospitalized with an undisclosed “medical emergency” on April 11, 2023, according to an Instagram post by his daughter Corinne Foxx on April 1. She asked for privacy for the family.

Some of the latest news on Jamie Foxx’s condition comes from John Boyega—Foxx’s co-star in a new Netflix feature “They Cloned Tyrone”—who told People in June 2023 that the two spoke on the phone and that Foxx was “doing well.”

"I gave him the well wishes directly. I'm just gonna be waiting until he comes back out here."

John Boyega, to People magazine

Boyega also emphasized that he was giving privacy to Foxx, adding that he “can't wait for his return.”

Other than Boyega and Corinne Foxx, friend Nick Cannon has appeared to be a source with knowledge on Foxx’s condition. Cannon spoke on Entertainment Tonight in late April and said that Foxx supported him in doing so.

"I was reluctant to go all the way there, and even talk about it, but he gave me the blessing, so it's a beautiful thing,” Cannon announced on the show.

As for details, Cannon also chose to keep Foxx’s private life private. “I can't really say what it is, but it'll be out there soon," Cannon said.

While details of Jamie Foxx’s situation have not been publicly expanded upon by friends or family, some celebrities and reporters have made up for the silence by filling in explanations of their own. Whether statements are based on insider knowledge or incorrect assumptions is unclear—but the Foxx family seems to suggest the latter.

Corinne Foxx took to social media again in mid-May to criticize publicity of her father’s condition, saying that it was “sad to see how the media runs wild.”

Among other allusive statements, boxer Mike Tyson in mid-May was reported telling the PDB Podcast that he heard that Jamie Foxx had a stroke. Tyson later retracted the statement, saying he did not not know what Jamie Foxx was going through medically.

Later in May, celebrity reporter A.J. Benza took to the "Ask Dr. Drew" podcast to make an unsubstantiated claim that Jamie Foxx’s medical emergency was related to the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Benza, the actor had suffered a vaccine-induced blood clot in the brain, and was left partially paralyzed and blind. A spokesperson for Jamie Foxx disputed this claim soon after, calling it "completely inaccurate" in a statement to NBC News.

Jamie Foxx himself has said little about his situation other than an Instagram post in early May through which he voiced appreciation (and emojis) to fans: "Appreciate all the love!!! Feeling blessed."

Unrelated to his health status, he Instagrammed a trailer to "They Cloned Tyrone," on June 13, 2023. Fans in the comments jabbed for more answers about Foxx’s health, and asked how he was doing.

Cannon and others close to the star continue to urge for privacy regarding his health, and say that Foxx can release info on his own when he is ready. 

"As a friend, just being as respectful as I can. I don't pry."

Nick Cannon, on Entertainment Tonight

Cannon emphasized privacy as one of Jamie Foxx’s core character traits, emphasizing that this is something he admires.

"You don't ever really hear anything other than just the great work that he puts forth as a professional,” Cannon said. “He's handled this situation with the same manner; you only can respect that."

What this means for you

Based on media reports that continue to circulate, actor Jamie Foxx may still be battling health challenges, following an undisclosed medical emergency in April 2023. Friends and family have not released specific details about Foxx’s situation, and ask for privacy until Foxx shares them himself.

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