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PostSubject: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Sat May 29, 2010 5:11 pm

I know I am late with this....

Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman dies

PROVO, Utah Gary Coleman once said he wanted people to think of him as something more than the chubby-cheeked child star from television show "Diff'rent Strokes," that he wanted to escape the legacy of character Arnold Jackson, whose "Whatchu talkin' 'bout?" became a catch phrase of the 1970s and '80s.

He spent his later years still keeping a hand in show business, but also moving away from it, marrying and settling in Utah, far away from Hollywood's sometimes all-too-bright lights. Still, he was dogged by ongoing health problems and struggled with legal woes.

After suffering a brain hemorrhage, Coleman was taken off life support Friday and died, his family and friends at his side, said Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank. He was 42.

"He has left a lasting legacy," tweeted singer Janet Jackson, who appeared on several episodes of "Diff'rent Strokes. "I know he is finally at peace."

Coleman chafed at his permanent association with "Diff'rent Strokes" but also tried to capitalize on it through reality shows and other TV appearances.

His former manager, Vic Perillo, called the diminutive star "everybody's kid" and expressed regret for all the trouble that marked the end of Coleman's life.

"It's unfortunate that this young man should go down in history as someone that will be seen as bitter," said Perillo, who helped launch Coleman's career from Chicago in about 1977 and worked with him for 15 years. "If everybody knew what a joy he was and the joy he brought me ... that's kind of lost in all of this."

Coleman suffered the brain hemorrhage Wednesday at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City. Frank said he was hospitalized because of an accident at the home, but she had no details.

In a statement read by brother-in-law Shawn Price, Coleman's family said information would be released shortly about his death. It said he was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support.

"Thousands of e-mails have poured into the hospital. This is so comforting to the family to know how beloved he still is," Price said.

"Diff'rent Strokes" debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from Coleman, then a tiny 10-year-old with sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing.

He played the younger of two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up.

"Diff'rent Strokes" lasted six seasons on NBC and two on ABC; it lives on thanks to DVDs and YouTube. But its equally enduring legacy became the troubles in adulthood of its former child stars.

In 1989, Todd Bridges, who played Coleman's older brother, Willis, was acquitted of attempted murder in the shooting of a drug dealer. The then 24-year-old Bridges testified he became depressed and turned to drugs after "Diff'rent Strokes" was canceled.
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, who played the boys' white, teenage sister, pleaded guilty in 1991 to a robbery charge. She died in 1999 of an overdose of painkiller and muscle relaxer. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a suicide.

"It's sad that I'm the last kid alive from the show," Bridges said.

Coleman was born Feb. 8, 1968, in Zion, Ill., near Chicago.

His short stature he reached only 4-foot-8 even in adulthood added to his child-star charm but stemmed from a serious health problem, kidney failure. He got the first of at least two transplants at age 5 and required dialysis.

In a 1979 Los Angeles Times profile, his mother, Sue Coleman, said he always had been a ham. He acted in some commercials before he was signed by T.A.T., the production company that created "Diff'rent Strokes."

After the show was canceled, Coleman continued to get credits for TV guest shots and other small roles over the years but never regained more than a shadow of his old popularity. At one point he worked as a security guard.

Coleman played upon his child-star image as he tried to resurrect his entertainment career in recent years, appearing on late-night shows and "The Surreal Life," a VH1 show devoted to fading celebrities.

His role as a car-washing plantation slave in the 2008 conservative political satire "An American Carol" was cut from the final print. The actor also appeared in last year's "Midgets vs. Mascots," a film that pits little people against mascots in a series of silly contests for a chance to win $1 million. Coleman met with producers of the film earlier this year to ask them to remove a brief scene of frontal nudity that he says he didn't authorize.

Coleman was among 135 candidates who ran in California's bizarre 2003 recall election to replace then-Gov. Gray Davis, whom voters ousted in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Coleman came in eighth with 12,488 votes, or 0.2 percent, just behind Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

Running for office gave him a chance to show another side of himself, he told The Associated Press at the time.

"This is really interesting and cool, and I've been enjoying the heck out of it because I get to be intelligent, which is something I don't get to do very often," he said.

Last fall, he had heart surgery complicated by pneumonia, said his Utah attorney, Randy Kester. In February, he suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider."

Legal disputes also dogged him. In 1989, when Coleman was 21, his mother filed a court request trying to gain control of her son's $6 million fortune, saying he was incapable of handling his affairs. He said the move "obviously stems from her frustration at not being able to control my life."

In a 1993 television interview, he said he tried to kill himself twice by overdosing on pills.

He moved to Utah in fall 2005, and according to a tally in early 2010, officers were called to assist or intervene with Coleman more than 20 times in the following years. They included a call where Coleman said he had taken dozens of Oxycontin pills and "wanted to die."

Some of the disputes involved his wife, Shannon Price, whom he met on the set of the 2006 comedy "Church Ball" and married in 2007.

In September 2008, a dustup with a fan at a Utah bowling alley led Coleman to plead no contest to disorderly conduct. The fan filed a lawsuit claiming that the actor punched him and ran into him with his truck; the suit was settled out of court.

In February on his 42nd birthday he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to an April 2009 domestic violence incident at his home.

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:30 pm

Something tells me there is more to the story with this ex-wife.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:23 pm

I kind of thought myself that it wasn't a hard decision for her to pull the plug, a decision I'm sure she made rather quickly without hesitation.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:02 pm

In case you haven't heard, the funeral has been cancelled!!! Poor Arnold, can't even die in peace.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:36 am

MissChriss wrote:
Something tells me there is more to the story with this ex-wife.

I agree MC, have you heard the 911 call? The dispatcher keeps telling her to put pressure on the wound and the EX wife is saying that she can't because she is grossed out by the blood and is known to have seizures...WTF??? So she keeps telling Gary to put pressure on it. Then the dispatcher says can you give him a towel or something and she says "I'll try". WOW!!!! Then she tells them that the reason she didnt drive him to the emergency room is because she was afraid she would have a seizure and pass out driving the car or some BS like that. Sorry, but she sounded like a rotten selfish bitch. I hate to be so suspicious all the time but I can't help but think that she hit him.

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:22 pm

She seems like a total weirdo. I don't know why he would trust someone like that to take care of any medical decisions. Its a shame he did not have a good relationship with his family.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:57 pm

Not only that but why pull the plug on him so early... She even compared him to Terri Schiavo, which she only did to try and justify her actions but it's really apples and oranges. His ex-wife clearly did not have his best interest at heart and I would think if she cared about him at all she would have found that type of decision should be made by others who loved him, his parents at the very least. I wouldn't want that type of responsibility of someone elses life in my hands especially since they weren't even married. But she didn't have pure intentions.



Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) --
Gary Coleman's ex-wife said in a new interview that she pulled the plug on the actor last week because she didn't want him ending up like Terri Schiavo. The comments have sparked an outcry from pro-life advocates, who are also upset by continued mainstream media misreporting on Terri.
Shannon Price told TMZ in a video interview the day after Coleman's death,
"[The doctors] said even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He would be basically like Muhammed Ali."

"Be in my situation. I mean, look what happened with Terri Schiavo. I always think of her case, always, when it comes to this. Gary was gone," Price added. "And he would have died sooner or later anyway from that."
She told TMZ, "I don't want people to be so hard on me, thinking I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn't have made it anyway. His heart would have just given out. I don't want people to sit there and think I'm a b----, and that I didn't care about him."
After citing Price's quotes to TMZ, the New York Daily News "reported" that "Schiavo, of Florida, languished in a coma for years before her husband won a drawn-out court battle to pull the plug."
But pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says that's not true, because Terri was never on life support -- she merely had assistance eating and drinking.
"For the gazillionth time, Terri Schiavo was not brain dead when a FL judge ordered her dehydrated and starved to death in 2005," Stanek said.
She added, "Oxygen deprivation left Terri mentally disabled, but she was responsive, particularly to family. There was no correlation between Terri's condition and actor Gary Coleman's apparently unresponsive condition, although even that is unclear."
"In this story we have a ready example demonstrating how the media always has and continues to get Terri's condition wrong," Stanek responded, saying the Daily News story is "absolutely false."
"We also see demonstrated how one should be very careful about who one decides to hand over a power of attorney," Stanek adds about Price's decision.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:03 am

How do some people sleep at night?

Gary Coleman Death Photo -- For Sale
Originally posted Jun 7th 2010 1:07 AM PDT by TMZ Staff



TMZ has learned a series of photos of Gary Coleman in the hospital are being shopped around to the media -- and in one of the photos ... Gary is already dead.

We've seen one of the photos and declined to even look at the rest. In the pic, Gary is in the hospital, his eyes are closed and he is hooked up to a ventilation machine. It is not a pleasant sight.

The person selling the photos claims to have four photos -- the one we were shown was taken about an hour before he died. The final photo was taken after he was taken off life support.

Asking price is in the low five figures.

We're guessing someone will buy it. It's just the way it is.

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:06 am

for anyone who hasn't heard this yet, here is the 911 call. You can form your own opinion.


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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:28 pm

Coleman Hospital Pics -- Sold



Just as we predicted, the pictures of Gary Coleman's final moments among the living have been sold to a tabloid -- but the photo taken after Gary died was not part of the deal ... sources tell TMZ.


Sources say three of the four photos -- which Gary's ex-wife Shannon Price orchestrated -- may hit stands as early as this week.

One of the photos that sold -- Shannon posing next to a bedridden Gary who is riddled with tubes.

As we first reported, Shannon will get a cut of the profits.





Unfortunately this I'm sure a lot of people saw coming. What a dispicable POS!
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:37 pm

She makes me sick. Poor Gary.
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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:48 am

such a completely sad ending for someone who made millions laugh.

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:04 am

I still love this! haha

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:35 am

awwwwwww! R.I.P. Arnold!

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PostSubject: Re: Gary Coleman dead at age 42   Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:49 pm

So sad, this man had a rough life and now a crazy bitch ex-wife who is giving him a rough death.......So much talent...Truly going to be missed Gary.
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