Former “Diff’rent Strokes” star Gary Coleman, died May 28 after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. He was 42.
According to multiple news sources, Coleman was hospitalized Wednesday, May 26 after injuring his head in a fall at his home near Salt Lake City. The fall resulted in a brain hemorrhage, but his family said he was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday. He then slipped into unconsciousness and was placed on life support, which was terminated on the afternoon of Friday, May 28.
“Diff’rent Strokes,” which aired from 1978-1986, was widely popular and Coleman became famous for his trademark phrase “What you talking ‘bout Willis?” However, since the show left the airwaves, Coleman struggled to gain any type of normalcy.
Edmonia Sue and W.G. Coleman adopted Coleman, according to USA Today, who Coleman claimed never really cared about him at all. He successfully sued them in 1989 for misappropriation of his trust fund and was awarded $1.3 million.
In 1998, he was charged with assault after hitting a woman seeking an autograph while he was working as a security guard. In 2007, he was cited for disorderly conduct after a domestic dispute with his wife, Shannon Price. In 2009, another domestic dispute led to Price’s arrest.
The couple’s issues led them to appear on the syndicated reality television show, “Divorce Court” in May 2008 where, according to ABC News, Coleman said, “I don’t have any friends and don’t have any intention of making any. People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, and steal from you. And they’re not really your friends. (They’re) only there because you’re a celebrity or because they want to get something from you.”
Since his passing, many celebrities have chimed in on Coleman’s passing.
Omar Epps, from the Fox series “House,” wrote on Twitter, “RIP Gary Coleman You’re forever a part of my childhood! Godspeed!” Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul wrote on Twitter, “I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Gary Coleman. my heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family.”