Former little one actor Coronji Calhoun, Sr., who played Halle Berry’s son, Tyrell, in producer Lee Daniels’ 2001 drama Monster’s Ball, has died at age 30. Based on reports, Calhoun died from congestive coronary heart failure.
EW confirmed that the previous actor — whose sole display credit score was the position of Berry’s son in the Oscar-winning venture — died on Oct. 13, and that Daniels and Berry each donated $3,394 every to his household by way of their GoFundMe page following his demise.
Based on a message from Calhoun’s mom, Theresa Bailey, her son “did not have any life insurance policy on him,” and arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist “give Coronji a sacred celebration of life.” She later up to date the discover indicating that the monetary burden had been eradicated because of donations, together with these from Daniels and Berry.
Halle Berry and Coronji Calhoun Jr. in ‘Monster’s Ball.’ | Credit score: Courtesy Everett Assortment
“As we close this chapter, we ask that in your remembrance of him, you remember to love your neighbor as yourself,” Bailey wrote. “Because that is what Coronji did for his entire community.”
Calhoun was simply 10 years previous when he appeared reverse Berry in the movie, for which she would go on to grow to be the primary Black lady to win the Oscar for Greatest Actress at the 2002 ceremony. Along with Berry in the position of his mom, Leticia, recording artist Sean “Diddy” Combs portrayed Calhoun’s father, who’s on demise row. Billy Bob Thornton played the jail guard who assisted in the execution.
PEOPLE reported that Berry beforehand spoke of the problem in performing scenes the place Leticia abused her son over his weight: “It was a lot harder than even the love scene because [Coronji] was really 10 [years old] and obese,” the publication famous. “I worried that I would somehow damage him emotionally, not just in doing the scene, but down the road. So I talked to him a lot and hugged and kissed him a lot. He said, ‘You don’t have to worry about what you say; it can’t be as bad as how they treat me at school,’ but I hear now he’s the most popular kid in his school. So I guess [the movie] helped.”