Kali Dior Bolden was a beautiful baby girl who was born on August 26, 2021 to Lexi and Jeffrey (Sport) Bolden in Alabama. She was the granddaughter of Jay Malyuk, the vice president of Spread The Cheer USA, a nonprofit organization that provides cheerleading opportunities for children with special needs. Kali Dior was loved by her family and friends, and had a bright future ahead of her.
How Did Kali Dior Bolden Die?
On the evening of November 6, 2021, Kali Dior Bolden passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. She was only two and a half months old. Her cause of death was initially ruled as COVID-19, as she tested positive for the virus SARS-CoV-2 after her death. However, there is no clear explanation of how the virus could have caused her sudden death, as she had no other symptoms besides a fever. According to sitename Circle of Mamas, some people have speculated that her death could have been related to the shots she received a week before her death, but there is no evidence to support this claim.
How Did Kali Dior Bolden’s Family React to Her Death?
Kali Dior Bolden’s death was a devastating blow to her family, who had already endured many tragedies in the past year. In April 2021, Kali’s grandmother, Felicia, was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 breast cancer. She and her husband, Jay, decided to move to Alabama to be closer to their daughter, Lexi, and her husband, Sport, who were expecting their second child. They also brought their youngest son, Aiden, with them, while their middle son, Cameron, stayed in California with their oldest son, Jon, to finish school.
In September 2021, Jon was involved in a serious car accident in California, but thankfully survived. Later that month, Felicia’s mother passed away unexpectedly, leaving her heartbroken. Felicia continued her treatments for breast cancer, while Jay supported her and helped with their grandchildren, Trae and Kali Dior. Jay was especially close to Kali Dior, and posted many photos and videos of him and his granddaughter on social media.
When Kali Dior died, the family was shattered. Lexi and Sport had to face the unimaginable pain of losing their baby girl. Jay and Felicia had to cope with the loss of their granddaughter, while also dealing with their own health and emotional issues. Cameron and Aiden had to grieve for their niece, while also being away from their brother. The family received an outpouring of love and support from their friends and community, who also mourned for Kali Dior.
How Did Kali Dior Bolden’s Family Honor Her Memory?
Kali Dior Bolden’s family wanted to give her the best funeral or service possible, to celebrate her short but precious life. They set up a fundraiser on sitename GoFundMe, organized by their friend Gretchen Miller, to help with the expenses. The fundraiser raised over $20,000, exceeding the goal of $20,000. The family thanked everyone who donated and expressed their gratitude for the kindness and generosity they received.
Kali Dior Bolden’s graveside service was held on November 12, 2021, at the Huntsville Memory Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama. The service was officiated by Dr. O. Wendell Davis, and attended by the family and friends of Kali Dior. The family shared their memories and tributes to Kali Dior, and honored her with flowers, balloons, and teddy bears. The service was also live-streamed on sitename Legacy.com, where people could leave their condolences and messages for the family.
Kali Dior Bolden’s obituary was published on sitename Legacy.com, where it described her as a “beautiful angel” who “brought joy and happiness to everyone who met her”. The obituary also mentioned her hobbies and interests, such as listening to music, watching cartoons, and playing with her brother and cousins. The obituary ended with a heartfelt message from the family: “We love you so much Kali Dior and you will forever be in our hearts.”
Kali Dior Bolden was a sweet and adorable baby girl who died too soon. Her cause of death remains a mystery, but her legacy lives on in the hearts of her family and friends. She was a blessing and a gift to everyone who knew her, and she will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Kali Dior.