Oscar winner, singer and multi-talented funnyman, Jamie Foxx, has been hospitalized. His family is asking for privacy for the “Blame It On the Alcohol” singer. On Wednesday, his eldest daughter, Corinne, sent out a message informing the public, on behalf of his family, that her father had gone through a “medical complication.”
“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.”
Foxx was in Atlanta shooting a movie called Back in Action, a Netflix comedy that marks Cameron Diaz’s return to a film role for the first time in almost a decade. The film also stars Andrew Scott and Jamie Demetriou and is directed by Seth Gordon, with whom Foxx worked on Horrible Bosses. According to TMZ, the condition was serious enough that he had to be rushed to the hospital but, according to a source that spoke to the site, “He’s communicating now, and that’s good news.”
The internet was busy with a number of theories and myths about how the actor got hospitalized, including rumors of mixing medication or possible intoxication.
But ever since an incident when he was just a young man, Jamie has taken his health seriously.
In an interview back when he played the lead role in the critically-acclaimed film, Ray, Jamie reflected on the issue that nearly took him over the age of insanity.
I was in a bad place because I felt like I might be literally losing my mind,” Jamie says. “I’ve always had a childhood fear of losing my mind. I needed someone to help bring me out of it.”
That someone was a psychiatrist, whom Foxx started seeing midway through filming one of his lead roles. What he explored in the therapy sessions was a deep-seated dread of mental illness that was exacerbated by an incident when he was 18, when his drink was spiked by the hallucinogenic drug PCP (phencyclidine) at a college party.
Foxx had been playing piano since he was five years old, and at 18 he won a music scholarship to study at the United States International (now Alliant) University in San Diego. One night, at a party in the dorm, he was sipping a glass of whisky when he suddenly felt “terrible – the room was moving, the faces of the other people were contorted”. Someone had slipped PCP into his glass as a ‘practical joke’.
“I know who it was, but he wasn’t a friend. I was drinking whisky and it didn’t taste funny, so I had no idea. It took about 15 minutes and I knew something was wrong. I said to my roommate, ’Something is going on, and I don’t know what it is, but I’m going to ride it out.’”
“That was the last thing I said, and then I was almost in a coma and I couldn’t move, couldn’t talk, couldn’t even say, ‘Take me to the hospital.’ My friend could see something was badly wrong and he took me to the emergency room.”