Celebrated actor Jamie Foxx made his first appearance since his hospital admission months ago.
He was receiving the Vanguard Award from the Critics Choice Association in Los Angeles.
Jammie became emotional explaining how being taken ill affected him.
The actor had been missing from the public eye since April 2023, as he battled an undisclosed life-threatening illness.
"It feels good to be here. I cherish every single minute now.
It's different, I had to go to this facility. So I could work out a little bit and the black lady that was checking me in.
Cause I had my face covered coz I did not want nobody to know and she says 'baby, am gonna have to see your face. If I am going to sign you here."
The actor went on to add
"When I took down my mask she saw me and said 'Lord have mercy, I have been praying for you."
That gave me an indication that once I got out of there I was going to be alright coz I was going to see you all." An emotional Jamie shared
In April, his daughter Corrine Foxx said he had experienced a "medical complication" but the family did not share details about his health issue.
In an Instagram post, Foxx thanked his family for keeping details about his health "airtight".
The silence led to speculations, the comedian said, but he reassured fans that he was not paralyzed or blind.
Speaking for the first time since he was released from hospital, Foxx thanked his social media followers for messages of support.
"I cannot even begin to tell you how far it took me and how it brought me back", he said.
He explained that although many people were eager to hear updates, he didn't want fans to see him
"with tubes running out of me and trying to figure out if I was going to make it through".
"I want you to see me laughing, having a good time, partying, cracking a joke, doing a movie [or] television show," Foxx added.
"My sister Deidra Dixon, my daughter Corrine really saved my life," the 55-year-old said, adding that he was only able to make the video for his fans due "to them, to God, to a lot of great medical people".
Foxx said that privacy during his illness had been vital to him.
"I cannot tell you how great it feels to have your family kick in in such a way, and y'all know they kept it airtight, they didn't let nothing out.
They protected me, and that's what I hope that everyone could have in moments like these."
In May 2023 , his daughter said Foxx had been discharged from hospital for "weeks" and was making a good recovery.
The actor was reportedly in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had been filming Netflix's Back In Action alongside Cameron Diaz.
In his video to fans, Foxx said he had been "to hell and back" and his "road to recovery had some potholes as well".
But, he added, "I'm coming back and I'm able to work".
Messages of support for Foxx have been pouring in. "Thankful to see you bro, truly", Idris Elba commented on Foxx's post. "God is good," said Viola Davis, while John Boyega and Tracee Ellis Ross also sent their love to the star.