Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rest In Peace: Gary Coleman dies at age 42

USA Today: Gary Coleman, the child star of the TV sitcomDiff'rent Strokes, died Friday after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m.
Coleman was hospitalized Wednesday after falling and suffering a head injury at his home south of Salt Lake City, according to family members.
For a while, it seemed that Gary Coleman's cherubic face was everywhere, from TV to T-shirts to lunchboxes. [MORE]
I really feel sorry for the way Gary Coleman’s life turned out. No one help the young star prepare for the fate dished out by our disposable culture. Stars who are hot today and yesterday’s news by tomorrow. Unless you are a master of reinventing yourself, obscurity awaits. Coleman’s parents and managers clearly let him down in this regard. Given Coleman’s success during the 1980’s he should have been set for life.  Instead, poor Coleman’s adult life turned out to be a long list of woes.

For all the laughs and good cheer Gary Coleman gave us in his early years, I hope he get his rewards in heaven. Rest in peace Gary.

Via: USA Today 


Maggie said...

from this white Australian, I really liked Gary Coleman. The phrase "what you talkin about" is still well known...

It is such a shame that his life after the series ended was so bad... this is ditto for his co-stars. Both of them are also dead.

Jim McKee said...

He always struck me as one of those "former" celebrities who had trouble letting go of it. I'm not picking on him specifically, there are many in that category.

LDUTheCoach said...

Man, this is so sad… We all grew up watching Gary Coleman in ‘Diff’rent Strokes’.
For a Tribute and video of the Bets of Gary Coleman go to
Whatchu’ talkin’ bout Willis… Rest in Peace Gary.

Joie said...

What a bummer! I was just teaching my kids that infamous saying, "Whatchu' talkin' bout Willis?" and the person behind it and the show.
I hope he does get his peace now.

Anonymous said...

That's some sad news. I had the impression he was going to be ok after reading about the fall he had the other day. My condolences to his family and friends.

SB Smith

Hot Sam said...

I was a bit disappointed that, in his later years, he was becoming a joke - not telling jokes. His run for governor and his ads for payday loans were ludicrous.

I was saddened by his death just as I was when Michael Jackson died. I remembered them not for what they became but for who they were and the factors which shaped their lives - people who were supposed to love and care for them exploiting them - their childhood robbed from them.

Rest in peace Gary.

Bruce said...

I never watched his show when it was on, and truthfully I was never a fan, but this "little man" had a bigger heart and more class than many of his contemporaries, in my opinion. After his shows demise, he could have whined like other child "stars" about how unfair life was, how unfair the business was, how child stars were exploited. He didn't. He went about trying to make a life for himself taking jobs others would laugh at to survive. He didn't go on welfare or ask for handouts. Sure he made some unwise choices - who among us hasn't? As I understand it, his marriage to this woman was a sham from the start, loveless, where she demeaned him at every opportunity. I also seem to recall there were complaints she battered Gary a few times. It would not surprise me at all to see her taken away in handcuffs shortly, to be charged with manslaughter.

Gary deserved better.

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