Coronji Calhoun Sr, who played Halle Berry’s on-screen son in the 2001 movie Monster’s Ball, has died aged 31.
The former child actor was just 10 years old when he played Tyrell Musgrove in Monster’s Ball alongside Heath Ledger, Billy Bob Thornton and Halle – who won an Oscar for her role in the movie.
It’s reported that Coronji died from heart failure and lung problems.
The star’s mother, Theresa Bailey, has started a GoFundMe page, entitled ‘Coronji’s Homegoing’ to help cover her son’s funeral costs.
She explained: “Hello community, family, and friends, I know this is a trying time for everyone, however I am inclined to ask for your help because my son is in need of his community's support. Coronji Calhoun Sr. recently joined the ancestors in watching over me and our family on October 13, 2021."
She continued: “Unfortunately, we did not have any life insurance policy on him (as we never expected this tragedy to befall us) before he transitioned. Now we ask for generosity in your donations as we prepare to give Coronji a sacred celebration of life.”
The page has already raised $10,220, exceeding its initial goal and includes several large donations. One donation of $3,394 was made in the name of Halle Berry.
Coronji’s family have updated the GoFundMe page with the following message: “On behalf of the Calhoun and Bailey family, I would like to thank each and every individual who found it in their hearts to extend the much needed financial support to lay Coronji Sr. to rest.
"We are blown away by the outpouring of love the community and Coronji's adopted family has shown during our process of grief.
"While the financial burden has been lifted, we still mourn the loss of my son.
"As we close this chapter, we ask that in your remembrance of him, you remember to love your neighbor as yourself, because that is what Coronji did for his entire community.”
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Halle Berry has previously spoken about her experience of working with Coronji in 2001, explaining how difficult it was to portray an abusive mother: "That scene was actually harder for me [than the iconic love scene between Berry and Billy Bob Thornton] because he's a real little boy with a real weight problem and he has real issues surrounding it himself.
"And he was not an actor. [Director Marc Forster] just plucked him out of obscurity in Louisiana, so he really didn't understand the process, or so I thought," she said.
"I talked a lot with him and his mother and I explained and explained, so before every take, I would hug him and kiss him, and after every take, I'd hug him and kiss him."
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