Child star Gary Coleman dies at 42
Saturday 29 May 2010
The actor Gary Coleman, who soared to fame in the 1970s as the child star of TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes before suffering a huge reversal of fortune, has died from a brain haemorrhage, aged 42.
Staff at a hospital in Provo, Utah, where he was taken earlier this week after suffering a fall at his nearby home, said Coleman's wife, Shannon, 26, decided to switch off his life-support machine after doctors said he was unlikely to regain consciousness.
Coleman was briefly the best-paid actor in television, after he was cast in Diff'rent Strokes at the age of 10. He played Arnold Jackson, a working-class child who was adopted by a wealthy socialite, and was famed for his catchphrase "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout?"
At the height its success, his salary was $64,000 a week. But he lost almost all of his $18m fortune in a legal battle with his parents.
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