US Actor Gary Coleman, Dies.
May 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Gary Coleman, best known for his role in 70s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 42.
Coleman was rushed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday where he slipped into a coma. His wife was present throughout, and on Friday agreed to disengage his life-support system.
Over the years Coleman suffered a series of medical complaints arising from his stunted growth. He had several kidney transplants and spent a number of years on dialysis.
The actor shot to fame in 70s for his role in the hugely successful TV comedy, Diff’rent Strokes in which he played the lovable but loud-mouthed Arnold Jackson, who is adopted by an upper middle-class white family following his mother’s death. The show is most remembered for Coleman’s catchphrase “What you talking ’bout Willis?”
Coleman’s life after Diff’rent Strokes was troubled. By the time of his death the $18m he reportedly made from the show was long gone. He struggled to regain his early success, making only sporadic guest appearances in TV shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show. He also ran for Gov. of California in 2003 – coming 8th with over 14,000 votes.
His manager issued the following statement: “Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time… Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years.”
Gary Coleman is survived by his wife, Shannon, 24.