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Jamie Foxx Delivers Emotional Acceptance Speech & Says He Couldn’t Walk After Health Crisis

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Jamie Foxx became overwhelmed with emotion on Monday night when he made his first public outing since suffering an unknown health crisis in April.

The 55-year-old Oscar-winning actor took the stage at the Critics Choice Association‘s Celebration of Cinema & Television Honoring Black, Latino & AAPI Achievements to accept the Vanguard Award. 

Jamie was given the award in honor of his career and stellar performance in The Burial, the Prime Video legal drama co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Jurnee Smollett. 

Jamie Foxx Becomes Emotional While Speaking About His Health

Jamie Foxx, who made a surprise appearance at the event, immediately became emotional as he shared he had “been through something” and “been through some things.” 

He added, “I couldn’t do that six months ago. I couldn’t actually walk to…” before pausing to gain his composure. 

Those in attendance encouraged him to “take his time.” 

Like the comedian that he is, Jamie Foxx lightened the mood by noting he’s “not a clone.” 

The They Cloned Tyrone star added, “I know a lot of people was saying I was cloned out there. Y’all ain’t s—!” 

Jamie shared that he now cherishes “every single minute.”

It’s different,” he added. “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy. Cause it’s tough when you almost…when it’s almost over. When you see the tunnel.

Jamie Foxx quickly pointed out, “I saw the tunnel – I didn’t see the light!

He then joked that it was “hot” in the tunnel. 

Watch The Acceptance Speech

What Happened To Jamie Foxx?

Jamie Foxx suffered a “medical complication” on April 11, 2023, while working alongside Cameron Diaz on the set of the Netflix movie, Back In Action

However, the details surrounding Jamie’s health crisis were air-tight.

Unconfirmed reports were claiming he had suffered a stroke and at one point, a journalist falsely reported his family was gathering to say their final goodbyes.

When he made his return to social media in July, Jamie Foxx shared:

I went through something that I thought I would never ever go through. I know a lot of people were waiting or wanting to what updates, but to be honest with you, I just didn’t want you to see me like that man…

I didn’t want you to see me with tubes running out of me and trying to figure out if I was gonna make it through.

Related: Jamie Foxx Speaks Out: ‘I’ve Been To Hell & Back’

During his Critics Choice speech, the actor thanked his sister and his daughter for being “so great at not letting anyone know anything that happened.”  

Maybe one day, when he’s ready, Jamie Foxx will share the details of his testimony. 

Until that time comes…I’m happy just knowing he’s okay.

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