Remembering Caleb Kors
Tributes to a 10-year-old aspiring circus performer were pouring in after his death in an accidental hanging at his home near Bellingham, WA, as he was practicing with a costume prop. A Facebook page was created to honor Caleb “Flip” Kors featured pictures of flowers at a temporary public memorial at nearby Fairhaven Village Green, where Caleb was once photographed sitting on a bench with a statue of the town’s father, “Dirty Dan” Harris.
Caleb’s death was ruled an accident although details remained unclear.
He died Jan. 10th, 2012, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Members of the Bellingham Circus Guild who worked with Caleb stated that Caleb was making a costume when he suffered his injury. The costume included a rope but how part of the costume became wrapped around Caleb’s neck is still not clear.
Caleb was often seen at the Bellingham Farmers Market under his stage name “Flip” and would perform acrobatics and juggling with the Guild.
“He is the kind of kid that just would light up your life,” Danielle Rosellisen said of her close family friend.
Rosellisen said Caleb had a natural talent for acrobatics.
“He was good at being a monkey. Ever since he was little, he was crawling around and getting onto stuff,” said Rosellisen. “A lot of people (at the Bellingham Farmers Market) recognize him week after week after week… You don’t miss a kid like that.”
Online, Caleb’s mother and father thanked the community for its support. And Caleb will continue to affect people’s lives even after death — he is an organ donor.
Those who wish to make donations to the family can visit calebkors.chipin.com/caleb-kors.
More than $7,000 has been raised to help the family pay bills.
You can also donate through www.paypal.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a video of Caleb “Flip” Kors doing what he loved to do best… perform.