Jamie Foxx has paid tribute to his Django Unchained co-star Keith Jefferson, after he tragically passed away aged 53.
Keith, who played Pudgy Ralph in the hit 2012 film, had been battling cancer. Actor Jamie, 55, shared the heartbreaking news of Keith's passing on social media on 5 October, as he paid tribute to his late friend.
Sharing a recent photo of them together, Jamie told fans "this one hurts" and branded Keith "an amazing soul". His full message read: "this one hurts. Keith, you've been nothing but absolute grace, your whole life your heart is pure your love is immeasurable you were an amazing soul.
"We all miss you dearly. It's gonna take a long time for this to heal. Goodbye, my friend. I love you."
Jamie then posted a second photo of them together along with another heartbreaking tribute. The 55 year old wrote: "Everything hurts right now having a hard time looking through these pictures relieving the memories of us having a great time going to miss you man gonna miss you… every since we met back in college, you have been incredible soul God rest, NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE TO SEE THE WORDS ABOUT MY FRIEND RIP Keith".
Thousands paid tribute to Keith on social media, with Porscha Coleman saying: "Keith was so incredible if they only knew. He was a gem and so full of life. Fly high with the angels my friend. Love you always".
"So very sorry for your loss Sending our deepest condolences Strength to you," Keisha Epps penned, while musician Bryan Barbarin said: "Damn!! He was an amazing artist and a better friend. He will be dearly missed".
Keith was an actor, producer, singer and dancer. He starred films including The Hateful Eight, Buffalo Soldiers and The Last Free Man. He also regularly appeared on The Jamie Foxx Show.
Alongside his work, the LA-based star was a proud member of Actors' Equity and Screen Actors Guild of America. He also provided workshops to aspiring entertainers and worked as a voiceover artist and director.
Keith had been open about his cancer diagnosis on social media and had shared a photograph with close pals Jamie and Rodney Mason in August, where he thanked them for being there for him.
"When I say the admiration I have for my friends is unmatched. My heart will never lie. Rodney Mason who has been a beam of light thru my dark times. Thank you brother. J Foxx… you already know. For you to take the time to spend with me everyday every hour tells me everything I already know. You are my family and I wouldn't have it no other way. Luv you bro. I will pull thru because my faith is strong and with God on my side I won't worry," Keith wrote.
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