Legendary 1970’s child star, Gary Coleman, died Friday, May 28, 2010. The actor died after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home on Wednesday, May 27, when he was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. News of Gary Coleman’s death comes after the “Diff’rent Strokes” star was listed as being in critical condition, though hospital officials say his condition didn’t worsen considerably until late Thursday. Gary Coleman: dead at just 42 years-old.
Reports came in Friday that Gary Coleman died at the Utah hospital where he was receiving treatment after being taken off life support machines, which had been used since some time Thursday to keep the actor alive following the initial brain bleed Wednesday night. An official news release from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center says doctors pronounced Gary Coleman dead just after noon, at 12:05 pm local time. The statement on Gary Coleman’s death relays that the 42 year-old actor was “conscious and lucid” up until late Thursday.
It is believed that during the point where Gary Coleman was lapsing in and out of consciousness, life support measures were established. By early Friday afternoon, life support for Gary Coleman was discontinued with “family members and close friends at his side” as he died. Gary Coleman died of complications from an intracranial hemorrage,but is unknown yet what else may have contributed to the star’s untimely and unexpected death.
With Gary Coleman dead, it is a fitting time to remember that he lived a very interesting and sometimes difficult life. Raised by adoptive parents whom he would later sue (and win the suit) and accuse of mistreatment and exploitation, Gary Coleman was a successful actor and a one-time gubernatorial candidate (2003 – CA). However, there were rough spots in Coleman’s life, including assault charges against him following an incident with an allegedly irate fan, domestic violence charges both against him, and with him named as a victim, and a charge of reckless driving with injury to another person.
Before Gary Coleman died of intracranial hemorrhage complications, reports surfaced he had gone broke, and suffered from several health problems, reportedly kidney disease and a possible seizure disorder. News that Gary Coleman died came as a sad, shocking twist of fate to fans who grew up with him as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes”, and who were hoping to see him re-invent himself and emerge on top after several years of negativity.