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Gary Coleman

Born: 1968-02-08 - Died: 2010-05-28
Cause of Death:
Brain Hemorrhage


Death Summary: Coleman died due to a brain hemorrhage after a fall in his home.

Who was Gary Coleman : Gary Coleman, most famous for his role as Arnold Jackson on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes had a dramatic and tumultuous life. He was born in Zion, Illinois and was adopted early in life. He suffered from a rare congenital kidney disease which stunted his growth, and provided a child like appearance. Coleman would require two kidney transplants, in 1973 and 1984 to survive.

The disease hindering Coleman didn't stop him from having a successful acting career during his child years. His first appearances were on The Jeffersons, and Good Times. He would also appear later in a pilot for an updated version of The Little Rascals.

Coleman's big break would come later on in 1978, with the show Diff'rent Strokes. He was given the part of Arnold Jackson, who was adopted by a wealthy widower. The show lasted 8 seasons (1979-1986). It's within the show, that Coleman's character uttered the phrase that grew to mainstream popularity - "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?". The phrase would catch on in popularity, and is still used in entertainment to this day.

Unfortunately, after Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman's life would take a turn for the dramatic and financially burdened. In 1989, Coleman sued his adoptive parents and former manager for misappropriation of trust funds. He would later win, netting him $1.28 million. Even with the earnings of the case, he would file for bankruptcy in 1999.

The drama would continue into his married life, after being wed to Shannon Price. They were married in 2007. Between that time and now, there were multiple accounts of domestic dispute, and disorderly conduct, put on both Price and Coleman. Their troubles would eventually lead to an appearance on the small screen, by way of 'Divorce Court'.
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64 Signatures in Gary Coleman's guestbook

  1. joseph z anders 3 Says:

    REST IN PEACE AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR EVER AND TO THE
    FAMILY SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS HE WILL BE MISSED SO
    VERY MUCH AND GARY COLEMAN THANKS FOR ALL THE LAUGH
    TER ON DIFFERENT STROKES JOE BOB 57

  2. VICTORIA Says:

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY GARY!!!I hope you’re finally happy.

  3. Alexis Gunn Says:

    Gary colman i didnt know you very well , matter a fact i didnt know you at all i know that you died of a brain hemorrhage , and im very sorry i know that you had a congential kidney disease that stunned your growth , and im very sorry about that i used to watch different strokes all the time and you was very funny ” what you talking bout willis ” im sorry that happend to you it feels like im talking to the real you .but your family must be devastated and i’ll pray for them . gooodbye Gary Coleman you’ll always be in my heart

  4. zipporah benson Says:

    i was really a fan of all u r work u did even when played the good time and in the jeffersons rip in peace lil man

  5. michelle davis Says:

    i know him it fun my favo tv but i am sorry him ..

  6. crime stopper Says:

    next time watch your step and rip

  7. hi2u Says:

    he be sum tyoe of creeper

  8. wiz khalifa Says:

    i like midgets i thank dey funny as hell nd shart as fuckk

  9. jerrod jackson Says:

    old arnold love u brother

  10. Shannon Taylor Says:

    R.I.P Gary Gunnar miss ya loads xxxxxxx

  11. kiki Says:

    My family loves you

  12. DON BRITT Says:

    WHEN I FIRST HEARD OF YOUR DEATH, I WAS IN TOTAL DISBELIEF, SO MUCH THAT MY RESPONSE WAS, WHATCHU TALKIN ABOUT?

  13. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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