Calhoun passed away on Oct. 13, according to his mother Theresa Bailey. She told Louisiana-based news station WWL-TV that her son, whose only acting credit was in the 2001 film, died from congestive heart failure and problems with his lungs.
In a GoFundMe page set up “to give Coronji a sacred celebration of life,” Bailey said that the family “did not have any life insurance policy” on the actor and is raising money for funeral costs “as we never expected this tragedy to befall us.”
As of Thursday, Nov. 11, the campaign has raised more than $10,500. Monster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels was among the donors, E! News can confirm, as he contributed about $3,300.
“We are blown away by the outpouring of love the community and Coronji’s adopted family has shown during our process of grief,” Bailey shared in a Nov. 10 update. “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.”