‘Monster’s Ball’ Actor Coronji Calhoun Sr. Dies At 30

Coronji Calhoun Sr., who portrayed Halley Berry’s son at age 10 in Monster Ball, has died at 30. His family informed Entertainment Weekly that Halle Berry and Monster Ball producer Lee Daniels donated $3,394 each to GoFundMe following his death.

Born in St. Charles Parish, Calhoun was the father of a 10-year-old son and a 13-year-old stepson. The former child actor reportedly died of congestive heart failure on 13 October. Coronji’s mother, Theresa Bailey, “did not have a life insurance policy” and launched the GoFundMe page to help “provide Coronji with a sacred celebration of life.”

Bailey updated the fundraising message to say that donations, including those from Berry and Daniels, contributed to reducing the financial burden of funeral expenses. “We are amazed by the outpouring of love from the community, and Coronji’s adoptive family showed up during our mourning process,” Bailey wrote on 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.” Coronji auditioned for Tyrell’s “Monster’s Ball” role, son of Berry’s Leticia Musgrove and Sean Combs’ condemned prisoner Lawrence, in an open Louisiana casting call at age 10,  Deadline noted.

Tyrell has been reprimanded and physically abused Berry’s character for his obesity. In one horrific scene, Leticia beats the boy because he eats candy. Berry said that the stage was difficult because Calhoun was “a real little boy with a real weight problem, and he had real problems that surrounded him.”

She went on to say that she would embrace and embrace the young actor before and after shots to reassure him. According to CBS, Calhoun never got any more acting appointments.