Jamie Foxx, 55, opened up about his recent medical emergency at the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema & Television in Los Angeles on Monday.
The actor, who received the Vanguard Award for his performance in the movie The Burial, emotionally reflected on the health scare that occurred in April, saying, “I’ve been through some things. It’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago. I couldn’t actually walk too,” he added as he welled up with emotion.
Foxx expressed his gratitude for being alive, saying, “I cherish every single minute now. It’s different. It’s different.” He also joked about seeing the “tunnel” and not the light during his near-death experience, making light of the situation.
Jamie Foxx reflecting on how far he’s come since his health scare earlier this year — and what he saw during the experience.
He was hospitalized for several weeks due to an undisclosed medical complication in April but said that the experience has irrevocably changed his life.
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The actor also addressed the rumors of him being “cloned” during his absence from the public eye, saying, “I know a lot of people who were saying I was cloned out there. Boy, y’all ain’t s—.”
Foxx then graciously thanked his family and friends, including Lenny Kravitz, Fantasia, and Taraji P Henson, for their support during his difficult time. He shared that his sister and daughter were instrumental in keeping the details of his medical emergency private and credited having loved ones in his corner for his recovery.
He ended his speech by saying, “I want to say six months ago I couldn’t fathom that this could happen or that I would be here, but as I walk up here to this microphone and get this Vanguard Award, all I can say is ‘Lord, have mercy, Jesus.'”