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May 29, 2010

Diff’rent Strokes Actor Gary Coleman Dies at Age 42

Posted in: Celebrity,Deceased,Obituary

Whatcha talking ’bout Willis? … Sadly Gary Coleman has passed away.


Gary Coleman: 1968 – 2010

Gary Coleman, the actor who will forever be known as Arnold on the sitcom hit Diff’rent Strokes as died at the age of 42. According to reports Coleman died of an intracranial hemorrhage. He had been hospitalized since May 26 in Provo, Utah. Coleman passed away at 12:05 pm at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, where he had been in a coma.

Rest in Peace Gary Coleman

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Coleman had slipped into a coma and was on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage.

He was pulled of life support Friday morning and later passed away. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital Friday.

The Illinois native’s death marks the end of a long, sad road for the diminutive Diff’rent Strokes star, who struggled professionally and financially as his fame and fortune diminished since the show went off the air in 1986.

For myself, Gary Coleman will always be know for his role on Diff’rent Strokes when he skyrocketed to fame at the age of 11. Diff’rent Strokes was one of the best sitcoms ever.  However, sadly he was never able to really get his life in order following that childhood fame. Even worse is when we look at the other two child actors from Diff’rent Strokes, Todd Bridges (Willis) has been in trouble with the law and Dana Plato (Kimberly) passed away in 1999 committing suicide. As much as Coleman’s childhood stardom was a  success, his adult life collapsed into a tabloid calamity.

However, even though Gary Coleman tried to escape the stereotype of the Arnold Jackson character, he never couls. Honestly, he should be remembered for that care free, hilariously funny child, not the disaray his life took him in later years. God bless.

Gary Coleman: The Personal Side.


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