Former child TV star Gary Coleman died Friday after doctors took him off life support, reports Fox News. The “Diff’rent Strokes” star had slipped into a coma and was placed on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home Wednesday. He was 42.
Coleman, was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support before doctors took him off. Coleman has had continuing ill health from a kidney disease he suffered as a child. He had at least two kidney transplants and had ongoing dialysis.
An ambulance was called to Coleman’s home Wednesday, and he was initially transported to Mountain View Hospital in Payson, the nearest medical facility, said Dennis Howard, Santaquin’s director of public safety. The family statement says Coleman was later moved to the regional medical center in Provo for additional tests and treatment. The hospital did not give details on Coleman’s condition beyond calling it an intracranial hemorrhage, which is bleeding inside the head.
Coleman is best known for his stint on “Diff’rent Strokes,” which aired from 1978 to 1986.