Child TV Star Gary Coleman Has Died

Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, has died after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT.

Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing, became a star after "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted in 1978. He played the younger brother in a pair of African-American siblings adopted by a wealthy white man.

His popularity faded when the show ended after six seasons on NBC and two on ABC.

He suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that stunted his growth and had a host of legal problems in recent years.



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A Utah hospital says former child television star Gary Coleman is in critical condition.

A Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman says Coleman was admitted to the Provo facility on Wednesday but she couldn't release any other details.

Coleman lives in Santaquin, which is 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The 42-year-old actor is best known for his stint on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986.

In February, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider."

A telephone message left for Coleman's Utah attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.


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  • by m Location: w on May 29, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    he came into this world as a cute little kid who made you smile. people make people change & sometimes for the worse, some things are beyond our control, when were treated back we tend to lash back the same way, rest in peace gary. your with god now, thats all you need to be happy,
  • by Beth on May 29, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    he was a racist, and a mean little man.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on May 29, 2010 at 01:25 AM
    His story is a sad story. He gave me much laughter as a child.
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 10:44 PM
    OMG, I found out that Gary Coleman died on the WB news on channel 6 at 10:00pm! I used to watch Diff'rent Strokes all the time back in the day! So what if Gary was a womanizer and fan hater, he's a person, RIP!!
  • by Jeff Location: winterville on May 28, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    This is tragic news. Rest in peace, Gary.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    O yes, another womanizer and anti-fan dead. I have loved ones die, okay ppl? But when a celebrity you barely car for dies....look at how many comments are made, look at how many people care. SO WHAT! A WOMANIZER FAN-HATER IS DEAD. Get over it, there is much bigger news.
  • by T Location: Gville on May 28, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    I can't believe "some" people up here. Whether you liked him or not whether you think he lived his life like he should or not he is a Person and has died. I would think that all people in death should at least be able to rest in peace. prayers for his family.
  • by Kathy on May 28, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    Rest in peace little man. I was really pulling for you.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    So Sad,so what happened to the$1,280,000.How do you Blow threw that in or around 6 years?He attributed his finacial problems to BLAH BLAH BLAH.You just said he won a law suit of $1,280,000 where did that go?If you cant see that this guy was majorly confused from day one than you are too.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Who cares, he was a nobody. He was, get over it. Just some "celebrity" who disrespected women and his fans. I have NO sympathy...sry, i just dont
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