Gary Coleman Dead At 42

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:26 am,

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Former child actor Gary Coleman, famed for his role on the popular TV series Diff’rent Strokes, died today of a brain hemorrhage. Coleman was 42 years old.

According to the Associated Press, Coleman died at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center at 12:05 p.m.,  after he was taken off life support. Coleman was admitted to the hospital earlier in the week after falling and striking his head. He was described as lucid through Thursday afternoon, but soon slipped into unconsciousness.

Gary Coleman achieved national prominence at the age of 10 when he joined the cast of NBC’s Diff’rent Strokes as the charming Arnold Jackson. Because a congenital kidney condition had stunted his growth (Coleman was only 4 feet 8 inches tall), Coleman was able to play the part for eight years.

When Diff’rent Strokes was canceled in 1986 the child actor who made audiences the world over laugh with his popular catch phrase, “What’chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?” filed a lawsuit against his parents for stealing money from his trust funds. While Coleman won a $1.28M settlement in the case, it greatly hurt his relationship with his parents and was the beginning of a long stretch of bad publicity and tabloid scandal.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking moment in Coleman’s career came in 1999 when he was arrested for assault after getting into a fight with a woman over an autograph request. At the time, Coleman was working as a mall security guard. Another notable moment of publicity was Coleman’s run for governor of California in 2003 (an election eventually won by Arnold Schwarzenegger…go figure).

While he captured America’s heart during his youth, Coleman’s life also symbolized the difficulties that many Hollywood child actors face growing up in the limelight.

Coleman is survived by his wife, Shannon Price, and his parents. The entire Screen Rant staff would like to express our condolences.

Source: AP

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  1. It is too bad. Too young. I think we all saw a young death coming with the health complications he had throughout his life, but 42 just is too young.

    Growing up after his tv career, I will always remember his oddball appearances in things like Family Guy or Dirty Work (which I really want to watch right now).

    • dont forget simpsons

  2. So sorry to hear of his passing

  3. Sad news indeed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Here’s hoping that his tabloid life doesn’t become the focus of his memory

  4. he needed a better career after Diff strokes. I know he did some stuff but lately as he’s been a poster boy for Ex child stars, that kinda press should have gotten him a cameo or guest star on some shows instead of the dreadful “Surreal Life”

    A great actor from one of the best TV shows of all time.

  5. Brain Hemorrhage: It’s like a Stroke, but Diff’rent.

    • @nowheredan Are you trying to be funny? NLOL. Give the guy some respect.

      • Sorry I meant @duck. I feel really sorry for Gary Coleman and no ones death should have “puns” or made fun of.

  6. they always go in threes, so expect 2 more soon.

    • 1 more…Ronnie James Dio died a couple of weeks ago. Or does the curse of 3 only apply to actors?

    • Death comes in the thousands. Thousands die everyday. To keep this old wives tale alive, people simply ignore all but the three deaths they use to make this idea true.

  7. He had one of the best catchphrases and was the #1 child star

  8. Wow, I really respectd Gary for the way he delt with his career downfall.
    His life was full of highs and lows and he never seemed to complain publically.
    Todd Bridges is the last remaining cast member from DS, what tragic news.

  9. wow , that sucks . so young :(
    rest easy Mr. Coleman , we will remember you.

  10. Not only do my thoughts go out to his friends and family but it puts life into perspective. 42 is such a young age to go and I am sure he would still have had a major career again.

  11. Why was he taken off life support? Did they just let him die because there was no chance of recovery?