Gary Coleman Taken Off Life Support, Dead at 42

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Former child star and actor Gary Coleman of Diff'rent Strokes fame has died. He was 42. He was taken off life support earlier today and passed away.

The diminutive Coleman passed away at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after suffering a brain hemorrhage and losing consciousness.

A resident of Santaquin, Utah, Coleman had been hospitalized Wednesday and lost consciousness the next day. He was on life support until this afternoon.

Born with failed kidneys, Coleman had undergone two transplants by age 14 and his growth was permanently stunted by the side effects of dialysis.

The precocious, chubby-cheeked Coleman was just 10 when Diff'rent Strokes debuted on NBC in 1978. The popular show lasted for eight seasons.

R.I.P. Gary Coleman (1968-2010).

The scene-stealing Gary quickly became a pop-culture icon, whose recurring line "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" became a national catchphrase.

At the height of his TV series success, Coleman reportedly earned $64,000 per week and is said to have made some $18 million during his heyday.

His acting career as an adult fell far short of his glory days, however, with only occasional guest appearances and small roles in films and TV movies.

Coleman has had encounters with the law in recent years, including just this February, when he accepted a plea deal on domestic violence charges.

That stemmed from an incident with wife Shannon Price, who took him off life support today. Gary's health problems also escalated in recent years.

Hopefully he is now at peace. Our condolences to Gary Coleman's family, friends and fans in this difficult time. He will be remembered and missed.

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Gary you made my children's hearts glad as they were growing up, you made them laugh and giggle with glee. We all so loved you. Be at peace now and never will we forget you.

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RIP Mr. Coleman. I wonder how you fell and hurt yourself so bad, was there any foul play by your wife.

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Man, he was one of my favorite actors... Rest and Peace my man... We all just guests in this world and it was his time to leave. I hope you are now somewhere in bette place where there is no war,argues and everybody is happy.

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REST IN PEACE, GARY. SOMEHOW WE ARE LOSING ALL THE STARS WE GREW UP, ADMIRING. YOU WERE WONDERFUL IN THE EARLY 80S IN DIFFERENT STROKES. EVEN IN NIGERIA, WE MISS YOU

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Rest in peace my young brother. Your presence on the planet has made a difference in many lives. Mr. Coleman will be missed.

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THG,
Thank you for a warm and respectable acknowledgement of a "forever young" Gary Coleman.

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its so sad that his mom and dad took all his money and left him broke. rip gary.

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