Gary Coleman dead at 42 (video)
Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom
"Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and
legal problems, has died after suffering an intercranial
hemorrhage. He was 42.
Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing, became a
star after "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted in 1978. He played the
younger brother in a pair of African-American siblings adopted by a
wealthy white man.
His popularity faded when the show ended after six seasons on NBC
and two on ABC.
He suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that
stunted his growth and had a host of legal problems in recent