Gary Coleman Dies at 42

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

Actor Gary Coleman died today at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT, after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. He was 42 years old.

Born in 1968 and adopted by a couple in Zion, Illinois, Coleman rose to fame when, at 10 years old, he starred as Arnold Jackson in the 1978 show "Diff'rent Strokes." The show ran for eight seasons, six on NBC and two on ABC. Coleman ran into legal and financial trouble after the show ended: he sued his parents for misappopriation and mismanagement of his trust fund, which contained nearly four million dollars. Despite winning almost two million dollars in damages, Coleman filed for bankruptcy six years afterward.

He suffered from a kidney disease that stunted his growth; he was 4 ft 8 inches tall. He had two kidney transplants, and had to undergo daily dialysis.

Coleman was rushed to hospital on Wednesday after falling and hitting his head at his home. He later was revealed to be comatose and on life support. Janet Frank, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center's spokeswoman, said Coleman's life support was terminated today, and he died at 12:05 PM MDT.