Gary Coleman, Former Child Star, Dead At 42

By: Frank James

Former child TV star Gary Coleman died at age 42 after suffering bleeding in the brain. Coleman became famous as the character “Arnold Jackson,” an adopted child on Diff’rent Strokes, a comedy that ran from 1978 to 1986.

Part of a statement released by the hospital:

May 28, 2010 — PROVO — Child actor Gary Coleman died at approximately 12:05 p.m. Mountain. Standard Time at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated.

Mr. Coleman suffered an intracranial hemorrhage at his home in Utah on the evening of May 26, 2010. As of mid morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid, but by early afternoon that same day, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened.

Family members express their appreciation and gratitude for the support and prayers that have been expressed for Gary and for them.

He was notably short of stature, only 4 feet 8 inches as an adult, because of a congenital condition that resulted in kidney transplants and the need for dialysis.

As an adult, he made the news for repeated personal difficulties that included financial problems and an arrest for assault. His life seemed to follow a familiar pattern set by so many child stars: early success followed by an adulthood that, from the outside at least, didn’t look happy.

Here’s a couple of video’s of Gary Coleman from Different Strokes to help you reminisce::::

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