Jamie Foxx tearfully reveals he couldn’t walk after almost dying from mystery illness

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Months after suffering from an undisclosed health scare, Jamie Foxx gave insight into his illness in an emotional speech accepting the Vanguard Award.

The Oscar-winning actor has been absent from official public life since April when he was rushed to hospital over a ‘medical emergency and after an initial message thanking people he has not spoken about the incident.

On Monday, Jamie, 55, looked well as he took centre stage to accept the award from the Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Cinema & Television: Honouring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievement in Los Angeles, presented by his The Burial co-star Jurnee Smollett.

He began his speech by confessing he ‘couldn’t actually walk’ six months ago, pausing as he got a little tearful remembering his experience.

The Hollywood star did not share what the nature of his illness was but noted he was in a life-threatening condition as he said: ‘I saw the tunnel. I didn’t see the light.’

The Django Unchained actor said he wouldn’t wish the illness on his worst enemy, joking it was ‘hot in the tunnel’ and that he definitely wasn’t a clone.

‘Because it’s tough when it’s almost over,’ he added as Jamie thanked everyone for their prayers and gave special recognition to his sister and his daughter, Corinne Foxx, for ‘not letting anyone know what happened.’

He continued: ‘I can only say that you need somebody like that in your corner.’

For his privacy, Jamie was sent to a facility in Chicago, keeping his face covered to hide his identity while recovering. Still, one woman checking him in insisted on seeing him.

Jamie laughed, relaying the conversation he had with her, saying: ‘“I’m gonna have to sign you in. I run a tight ship in here baby. I’m gonna have to see your face.”‘

He became even more emotional as he described her seeing his face and sharing that she had been praying for him.

Jamie Foxx was overwhelmed with emotion as he accepted his first award since falling ill (Picture: @criticschoice/Instagram)
The actor and comedian was supported by his daughter Corinne as he returned to public life (Picture: @criticschoice/Instagram)
Jamie was struck with a mystery illness months back (Picture: Valerie Macon/AFP)

‘I said “wow” and that gave me an indication that once I get outta all of this, I was gonna be all right, cuz I was gonna see Taraji [P.Henson], I was gonna see Fantasia, I was gonna see Lenny [Kravitz],’ he said, referring to other artists in attendance Monday night.

He posted the video on Instagram to his 17.2million followers, prompting an outpouring of love from fans and his fellow celebrities.

‘We love you and we salute you king @iamjamiefoxx 👑👑👑👑👑,’ commented Busta Rhymes.

Nick Cannon added: ‘Amazing my brother! Well deserved.’

Comedian Rodney Perry said: ‘So happy to see you on the other side,,, there are no accidents. When i got sick i asked God why me he said why not you. love you bro.’

Octavia Spencer shared applause emojis while Sterling K Brown simply said: ‘My Man! ✊🏿.’

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