Gary Coleman Dead: Shannon Price Ends Life Support (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


Gary Coleman 1968 - 2010

Gary Coleman, Diff'rent Strokes child actor, has died as a result of an intracranial hemorrhage that he suffered at his home on Wednesday.  He was brought to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after falling at his home in Santaquin, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

He was lucid through part of Thursday, but fell into a coma later in the day and was placed on life support.  His wife, Shannon Price, made the decision to remove her husband from life support this morning after his medical team determined that he would not recover.  The 42-year-old was surrounded by family and close friends at that time and they remained with him until his passing at 12:05 PM MST.

He was born in Zion, Illinois and was adopted by Edmonia Sue Coleman, a nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a fork-life operator.  He suffered from congenital kidney disease which halted his growth at an early age, leading to his small stature and childlike appearance.  He was 4 ft. 8 inches tall.  He underwent two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and the other in 1984.  He has required daily dialysis for many years.

He played Arnold Jackson on the long running sitcom Diff'rent Strokes from 1978-1986, and made famous the phrase 'whatchu talkin bout Willis'.  We've included a clip below.

A press conference will be held at the hospital at 3:00 PM PT.

A rep for Coleman released this statement:  Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time.  Now that Gary has passed, we know he will be missed because of all the love and support shown in the past couple of days.  Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years."

Funeral services are pending.

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Photos:  WENN