US actor Gary Coleman dies in hospital: reports
Friday 28 May 2010
Diminutive former child actor Gary Coleman, known to millions as the star of hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, US media reported.
Coleman, 42, had been on life support after being hospitalized at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, according to a family statement.
People magazine reported on its website that coma-stricken Coleman died shortly after midday after being taken off life support.
"Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated," People quoted a statement as saying.
"Family members express their appreciation and gratitude for the support and prayers that have been expressed for Gary and for them."
Coleman achieved huge fame through his role as Arnold Jackson in hit show "Diff'rent Strokes," which ran for eight years from 1978 to 1986.
He was best known for his character's catchphrase - "What'choo talkin' 'bout Willis?"
Despite the show's success, Coleman remained mired in financial difficulties, and was unable to emulate the success of his childhood acting career as an adult.
Coleman had regularly hit the headlines in recent years because of his stormy marital life. Both Coleman and wife Shannon Price had been detained on separate incidents of domestic violence since they tied the knot in 2006.
Coleman's family acknowledged the actor's personal problems in a statement issued earlier Friday, but said the former child star had no regrets about his entertainment career.
"In recent years Gary Coleman has had difficulties, not only with health issues, but also with his personal and public life," the statement 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."
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