Gary Coleman Dead at Age 42

Gary Coleman, best known for his years on the hit TV Show Diff’rent Strokes, died Friday, May 28, 2010 at the age of 42.


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Coleman was admitted to the hospital Wednesday, May 26 for an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the skull). The 42-year-old actor who lived outside of Salt Lake City, Utah was rushed to the local hospital Wednesday, May 26. He was then transferred later Wednesday night to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, where his condition worsened.

“As of mid-morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid,” Coleman’s manager John Alcantar explained. “By early afternoon, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened. … We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon, Mountain Time, on May 27, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support.”

Contrary to some reports, Coleman’s manager said he had not undergone any surgery in recent days.

“Due to his condition, Mr. Coleman has not undergone any surgery at this time,” a spokesman said.

Coleman is no stranger to health issues. He has a history of health problems, including the kidney disease he has been battling since his childhood. He also had heart surgery last fall. Just earlier this year he was hospitalized after having a seizure on the set of The Insider.

“In recent years Gary Coleman has had difficulties, not only with health issues, but also with his personal and public life,” Alcantar said. “At times, it may not have been apparent, but he always has had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years. At this critical moment, we can only ask for your thoughts and prayers for Gary to make a speedy and full recovery.”

The thoughts and prayers were just not enough. Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT.

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