Actor Coronji Calhoun Sr., who starred alongside Halle Berry in the Oscar-winning film “Monster’s Ball,” has died. He was 30.
The former child actor died of congestive heart failure on October 13, the BBC reported.
Calhoun portrayed Berry’s son Tyrell in the 2001 drama, which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.
Berry, 55, and producer Lee Daniels contributed $ 3,394 each to their family on their GoFundMe page.
“We are blown away by the outpouring of love that society and Coronji’s adopted family have shown during our mourning process,” his mother, Theresa C. Bailey, wrote on the donation page. “At the end of this chapter, we ask that in your remembrance of him, remember to love your neighbor as yourself, for that is what Coronji did for his entire community.”
Calhoun was 10 when he played Berry’s character’s abused and overweight son. “Monster’s Ball” was his only acting credit.
Sean “Diddy” Combs also starred in the heartbreaking film as Calhoun’s father who is on the verge of death. Billy Bob Thornton played a prison guard who initiates a relationship with Berry after the execution.
Shortly before the “X-Men” actress won her Oscar in 2002, she reflected on filming and how difficult it was to behave like a violent mother to Calhoun.
“It was a lot harder than even the love scene because Coronji was really 10 [years old] and overweight, “she told the entertainment publication The Gate at the time, according to People.
Berry continued, “I was worried that I would somehow hurt him emotionally, not just by making the scene, but along the way. So I talked to him a lot and hugged and kissed him a lot. He said, ‘ You do not have to worry about what you say; it can not be as bad as how they treat me at school. ‘ ”
“But I hear now that he’s the most popular boy at his school. So I’m guessing [the movie] helped, “she added.
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