Coronji Calhoun Sr., whose role as Halle Berry’s son in the 2001 film “Monster’s Ball” helped propel his co-star to the first Best Actress Oscar won by a Black woman, has died at age 30.

Berry stepped forward on Wednesday to help with costs for “a sacred celebration” of Calhoun’s life. Calhoun was diagnosed with heart failure on Oct. 13 and died. His mother Theresa C. Bailey told The CBS affiliateNew Orleans, last month.

Berry and “Monster’s Ball” producer Lee Daniels each donated $3,394, according to a GoFundMe page hosted by Calhoun’s family. His mother expressed her gratitude for the donations.

“We are blown away by the outpouring of love the community and Coronji’s adopted family has shown during our process of grief,” Bailey wrote Wednesday. “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.”

Calhoun was born in St. Charles Parish and had a son of 10 years old and a stepson of 13.

He auditioned for the “Monster’s Ball” role of Tyrell, son of Berry’s Leticia Musgrove and Sean Combs’ condemned prisoner Lawrence, in an open Louisiana casting call at age 10, Deadline noted

Tyrell was berated and physically abused by Berry’s character over his obesity. Leticia wins the fight against Tyrell over his insatiable appetite for candy.

Berry said the scene was difficult because Calhoun was “a real little boy with a real weight problem and he had real issues surrounding it.” She added that she would hug and kiss the young actor before and after takes to reassure him.

According to CBS, Calhoun has never been given another acting credit.


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