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‘Hell and back’: Jamie Foxx speaks out, but not about his mystery illness

Actor-singer Jamie Foxx has spoken out about his mystery medical emergency, revealing that he had been “to hell and back” and thanking his family for “saving” him.

The Academy Award-winning actor, singer and comedian is recovering from an undisclosed “medical condition”.

The 55-year-old’s hospitalisation in April triggered an outpouring of concern from celebrity friends, colleagues and fans.

While continuing to remain tight-lipped about the nature of his health problem, Foxx joked about speculation that he had been blinded or paralysed.

“Now, you know, by being quiet sometimes things get out of hand,” he said, appearing thin and pale in an Instagram video.

“Some people said I was blind, but as you can see … the eyes are working just fine. Said I’m paralysed — I’m not paralysed.”

Foxx thanked his family, including daughter Corrine, for keeping the details of his condition “airtight”.

“I just didn’t want you to see me like that… I didn’t want you to see me with tubes running out of me and trying to figure out if I was going to make it through,” Foxx said.

He also thanked his daughter, sister, God and medical professionals for saving his life.

“I went through something that I thought I would never, ever go through,” Foxx said.

“Every once in a while I just burst into tears … because it’s been tough, man, I was sick… but now I’ve got my legs under me so you’re going to see me,” Foxx said.

Foxx said his road to recovery had “some potholes” but he was “coming back”.

“I’m able to work,” he said.

Castmates of Foxx’s recent They Cloned Tyrone, David Alan Grier, Teyonah Parris and Tamberla Perry, said at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie in June that they missed the star.

“Just praying that he gets better and takes whatever time he needs to heal,” Perry said.

Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop in 1967 in Terrell, Texas, was a stand-up comedian before breaking into television with various roles on Fox TV’s musical-comedy In Living Color in 1990, according to information on the Internet Movie Database.

Foxx won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray and a Grammy in 2010 for the song Blame It.

His other credit’s include The Jamie Foxx Show, Collateral and Django Unchained.

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