Gary Coleman Dies At 42
Gary Coleman died on Friday, days after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage, a rep for the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center confirmed to Access Hollywood.
He was 42.
“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,” the rep said in a statement, adding that a press conference would take place later in the day.
Earlier on Friday, the star’s manager told Access that Gary suffered “an intracranial hemorrhage” on Wednesday evening at his Utah home and was taken to the hospital, falling unconscious and placed on life support on Thursday.
He suffered a seizure in February, the latest in a series of health concerns for the actor.
Born on February 8, 1968, Gary became a star just 10 years later on the long-running sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” where he popularized the catchphrase “Wat’choo talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” In 1982, he voiced a season of his own animated series, “The Gary Coleman Show,” which was based on his made-for-TV movie “The Kid with the Broken Halo.”
Though he went on to other film and television projects, Gary’s adult life was as notable for his financial, legal and health problems. Known for his small stature, his growth was halted by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis – an autoimmune disorder that led him to undergo two kidney transplants and regular dialysis.
He filed for bankruptcy in 1999, years after successfully suing his parents and former manager over his childhood trust fund. He had several court run-ins, including a 1998 assault charge, a 2007 misdemeanor disorderly conduct citation and most recently, in 2010, another disorderly conduct citation over an alleged domestic dispute with wife Shannon Price.
He is survived by Shannon, whom he married in 2007.
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