Legendary child star Gary Coleman died this afternoon after being taken off of life support. The actor was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with a brain hemorrhage.
According to Coleman’s manager, John Alcantar, the actor’s condition worsened after he entered the hospital.
“As of mid-morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid,” Alcantar said. “By early afternoon, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened. We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon on May 27, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support.”
Coleman had troubles with his health before, including three months ago when he was hospitalized after having a seizure during a TV interview in Los Angeles.
The 4-foot 8-inch Coleman was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.” Coleman was 10 when the show began and remained the most popular child star on TV for eight years.
Since the show ended in 1984, Coleman made small appearances in a number of different TV shows and movies, but never really became a star in the acting world again. Recently, he had been in the news more for his financial and legal troubles than his acting career.
But, Alcantar added that even with his recent health and personal problems, Coleman appreciated the support of his fans and enjoyed being an entertainer.
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