Jamie Foxx Mourns Death of Friend and ‘Django Unchained’ Co-Star Keith Jefferson

Keith Jefferson and Jamie Foxx (Credit: Instagram/@iamjamiefoxx)

Keith Jefferson, a stage, television and film actor, who worked with Jamie Foxx on Django Unchained, Day Shift, and The Burial, has died. He was 53.

Foxx, one of Jefferson’s longtime friends, remembered the late actor in an Instagram post on Thursday, Oct. 5.

“Everything hurts right now,” Foxx wrote next to the above image. “Having a hard time looking through these pictures, reliving the memories of us having a great time. Going to miss you man, gonna miss you.”

“Since we met back in college, you have been an incredible soul,” he continued. “God rest, NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE TO SEE THE WORDS ABOUT MY FRIEND. RIP @keith.jefferson.”

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Jefferson had roles in the Quentin Tarantino films Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). He worked with Foxx on Day Shift (2022), the new film The Burial, and The Jamie Foxx Show.

According to his personal website, Jefferson split his time working as a producer, voiceover artist and acting coach in Los Angeles.

He was born in Houston, received a BFA in musical theatre from US International University/Performing Arts in San Diego, and an MFA in acting from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Jefferson worked on stage productions at The La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, 3-D Theatricals, Cabrillo Music Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Cynet Theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare.

He revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in an Aug. 9 Instagram post.

“Every now and then God will give you a challenge and leave it up to you to fix it. When I was first diagnosed with cancer I had to stop, pause, and didn’t want to share with anyone. Not my family nor extended family,” Jefferson wrote. “Today I’m finally at a place to share because my faith is getting stronger. I have a loving family and the best friends in the entire world. You know who you are. From my Mom to J Foxx and everybody in between. I love you whole heartedly.”