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Halle Berry’s on-screen son in 2001 movie Monster’s Ball, Coronji Calhoun Sr, has died after facing heart and lung problems. The star played character Tyrell Musgrove in the film where he starred alongside the likes of Berry, Heath Ledger and Billy Bob Thornton.
On behalf of the Calhoun and Bailey family, I would like to thank each and every individual
Coronji Calhoun Sr’s mother confirmed that he had died following heart failure and lung problems on October 13.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up to pay for a “sacred celebration” of the star’s life, explaining that the family had not taken out life insurance before the tragedy.
The page has so far raised over $10,000.
It reads: “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.”
The star’s mother Theresa Bailey went on to ask fans for their donations to help cover her son’s funeral costs.
She went on: “At the age of ten, he portrayed Tyrell, son of Lawrence (Sean “P. Diddy” Combs) and Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry) in the 2001 Academy Award winning film, Monster’s Ball.
“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.
“Thank you for your prayers, calls, texts, and selfless support!” the message ended.
Later, the star’s mother left another update on the fundraising site.
It read: “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.”
It continued: “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,” the post finished.
Monster’s Ball actress Halle had previously spoken about working with the child actor.
She portrayed his abusive mother in the 2001 movie.
Speaking at the time the film was released, she said: “That scene was actually harder for me 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.
“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,” she added.
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