Jamie Foxx: What we know about the actor’s ‘medical complication’ as celebrity friends pray for Hollywood star

Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)

It’s been one month since Jamie Foxx was hospitalised after suffering a “medical complication”.

Since the multi-hyphenate star fell ill, very few details have emerged about his condition.

“We wanted to share that my father, Jamie Foxx, experienced a medical complication yesterday,” the actor’s daughter Corinne Foxx said in a statement posted on social media on 12 April.

“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,” she added. “The family asks for privacy during this time.”

Conflicting accounts of Foxx’s status have emerged during his nearly-30-day-stint in hospital. While most reports have suggested that the actor is recovering, one source told Radar on Tuesday (9 May) that his friends and family are “hoping for the best – but preparing for the worst”.

What we know about his illness and recovery

Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)

On 20 April, Bad Boys star Martin Lawrence told Extra that Foxx was “doing better”.

“My prayers go out for him every night and just wishing the best for him, one of the best that we got in Hollywood. Not only one of the best entertainers, but a good person,” he added.

Foxx broke his silence on social media on 3 May, thanking fans for their support.

“Appreciate all the love!!! Feeling blessed [prayer, heart and fox emoji],” the actor shared on his Instagram Story.

The same day, a source close to the actor told TMZ that he “needs all the prayers and well-wishes his fans can muster”.

Foxx also thanked Nick Cannon for stepping in to replace him as host of the Fox game show, Beat Shazam.

Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)
Jamie Foxx (Getty Images)

“Everybody at FOX Entertainment wishes Jamie well as he continues his recovery, and we greatly appreciate Nick’s willingness to jump in and help this summer,” Beat Shazam announced on Instagram.

“Man, I’m praying. I literally have been saying prayers out loud,” Cannon said of Foxx.

On 4 May, comedian Kevin Hart also suggested that Foxx was on the road to recovery.

“The dope thing is that he’s getting better in his situation, and everybody’s prayers, everybody’s love, energy, all that stuff is seen and felt [by him],” Hart told hosts Logan Paul and Mike Majlak on their Impaulsive podcast.

“In this case, you just want the guy to get out of the situation and get back home.”

Hart continued: “I don’t know the details – or the exact details – as to what’s going on, but to my knowledge, there’s a lot of progression and a world of better.”

On Tuesday (9 May), Corinne shared an advert she stars in alongside her father for Intel on social media.

Many more stars have wished the actor a speedy recovery on Instagram.

What was Foxx filming when he was taken ill?

Foxx was in Georgia, USA, shooting the forthcoming Netflix film Back in Action when he was taken to a medical facility. He remains there and is being kept “under observation”, US media outlets have reported.

The actor reunited with his Any Given Sunday (1999) and Annie (2014) costar Cameron Diaz for the movie, who has since returned to filming while body doubles sub in for Foxx.

The Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) movie marks Diaz's first film since stepping away from acting in 2014.

It’s been earmarked as an action-comedy; however, any details about the plot have been kept tightly under wraps.

Kyle Chandler, Glenn Close, Andrew Scott, Jamie Demetriou, McKenna Roberts and Rylan Jackson also star.

Foxx is widely known to be one of Hollywood’s nicest, most talented stars. He’s as famous for his career as he is for being able to act, sing, dance and perform comedy.

“To be honest, I don’t consider myself famous, I really don’t,” he told The Rake in a recent profile. “I’ve always been the guy, my whole career, that people feel a familiarity to, not really a ‘celebrity.’

“It’s important to keep good people around that always keep it real with you. My friends that I met when I first came to LA 30 years ago are still my same friends. We all still kick it and laugh.”