Diff’rent Strokes Gary Coleman dies in Utah hospital

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on May 28, 2010 2:09 pm

Gary Coleman, Utah resident and child star of the hit show, “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died at age 42.

Gary was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after falling and collapsing at home. His wife was afraid he had died, but they resuscitated him. He was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. His family asked that his fans pray for him, and that he had a serious ‘medical condition.’  He died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said.

The Illinois-born actor suffered from a congenital kidney ailment that halted his growth at an early age and resulted in his diminutive stature. He underwent two kidney transplants during his lifetime and also required daily dialysis.

Coleman was considered a comedic sensation, and wowed producers at the ripe old age of 10 with his impeccable comedic timing. The show “Diff’rent Strokes” ran from 1978-1986 with 184 episodes. 

“It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Todd Bridges, who played the older brother Willis.

“Whachootalkin’bout Willis?”  The Ski Channel doffs it’s hat to one of the greatest stars of the 80′s and says, thank you Gary Coleman.