Jamie Foxx's 20-Day Blackout: 'It Started With a Bad Headache'

Jamie Foxx confronts a mysterious, severe health crisis

by Zain ul Abedin
Jamie Foxx's 20-Day Blackout: 'It Started With a Bad Headache'
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The actor revealed information about serious health problems which kept him out of work for almost three weeks last year. Honesty, the gifted actor shared the story of how a painful headache one April in 2023 was the starting point in a dangerous 20-day coma.

Delivering a speech to the audience in Phoenix, Arizona, Foxx shared the story of the early days of his disease. "I asked my boy for an Advil," he said, flicking his fingers to demonstrate the fast motion of the incident. "I was gone for 20 days.

I don’t remember anything." Foxx, who was in Atlanta at that time, said his sister and daughter took him to a doctor who gave him a cortisone injection in a bid to try and reduce the swelling. Even after the treatment was administered, the fundamental cause of the illness remained unknown.

The doctor told him, "something's going on up there," he said while pointing at his head, but he refused to disclose further on air. The fact that Foxx was extremely ill was revealed to the public by his daughter, Corrine, on IG.

Her post on April 12 went: "We wanted to share that my father Jamie Foxx experienced a medical complication yesterday. 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."

Foxx's Private Battle

Foxx made his hospitalization at the time when he filmed a Netflix action comedy, "Back in Action", alongside Cameron Diaz. However, this did not stop production, and another temporary host joined him as the host of the Fox game show "Beat Shazam." Foxx has been quite tight-lipped over the details of his health issue.

But he briefly spoke about the emotional aspect of the experience in one of the social media posts in the last summer. He had to admit that he went through something that he would never imagine he would go through and that is why he was being so hesitant in updating everyone.

"I just didn’t want you to see me like that," he insisted, perhaps desiring to be recalled in a state less severe than the one in which he died. Foxx hinted at a more elaborate portrayal of his story when he addressed the African American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Awards luncheon.

He signaled a future release that will explore his medical breakdown in a manner that is humorous as well as intimate. "Everybody wants to know what happened, and I'm going to tell you what happened. But I've gotta do it in my way," Foxx said.

"I'm gonna do it in a funny way. We're gonna be on the stage. We're gonna get back to the standup sort of roots."

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