Actor Gary Coleman, best known for his role as Arnold in the 1970s sitcom “Diff’rent Stokes”, die on Friday (May 28) after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
He was just 42 years old.
Coleman had been going through numerous medical and legal problems in recent years.
According to the Associated Press, he was taken off life support and died at 12:05 p.m. on Friday with friends and family by his side at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
“It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Cole’s “Diff’rent Strokes co-star, Todd Bridges, who played his older brother Willis. “It’s sad that I’m the last kid alive from the show.”
Coleman became a child star when the sitcom debuted in 1978, in which he played the role ofArnold Jackson, the younger child of a pair of African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man.
Despite his quick stardom, his popularity as an actor faded when “Diff’rent Strokes” ended after six seasons on NBC and two on ABC.
Years after the show, in 1989, Coleman sued his parents and former manager over misappropriation of his $3.8 million trust fund. He won a $1,280,000 ruling in 1993. But, later filed for bankruptcy in 1999, attributing his financial problems to mismanagement of his trust.
On Wednesday (May 26), Coleman suffered the brain hemorrhage at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
According to his family, he was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he became unconscious. Coleman was then placed on life support.
Rest in peace … Gary Coleman, 1968 – 2010.