Gary Coleman Dead at 42

The troubled life of child star Gary Coleman is over. Coleman suffered massive head injuries after a fall and underwent emergency surgery in a Salt Lake City hospital.

Coleman was cast in the role of Arnold Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes, portraying a child adopted by a wealthy widower. The show was broadcast from 1978 to 1986, and was a huge success.

Coleman became the most popular fixture of the show, enhanced by his character’s catchphrase “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” At the height of his fame on Diff’rent Strokes, he earned as much as $100,000 per episode. It is estimated he was left with a quarter of the original amount after paying his parents, advisers, lawyers, and taxes. He later successfully sued his parents and his ex-advisers for misappropriation of his finances. – Wikipedia

Coleman had lived in Utah since 2005. He visited Utah to star in the movie “Church Ball,” a comedy based on basketball leagues formed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He met his wife, Shannon Price, on the movie set and they married in 2007.

In addition to continuing ill health from the kidney disease he suffered as a child, Coleman has had a string of financial and legal problems. He had at least two kidney transplants and had ongoing dialysis. In February this year, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of “The Insider.”

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