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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. Leslie M. Lauscher Says:

    You will be missed,rest in peace.Your with GOD now,we will always love you!

  2. latina whylly Says:

    we love you.

  3. Paul Morgan Says:

    The ability to feel sympathy for each other is one of the most beautiful traits that we possess as humans. The human condition is one of fundamental aloneness. When we reach out and share our sympathies with another human being in pain, we are offering a great kindness to the individual in pain. He knows that he is fundamentally alone but at least he knows that others care and are trying to understand.

    Rest in Peace for where you are now: there is no more pain no more suffering Just Peace with thy maker

  4. Paul Morgan Says:

    The ability to feel sympathy for each other is one of the most beautiful traits that we possess as humans. The human condition is one of fundamental aloneness. When we reach out and share our sympathies with another human being in pain, we are offering a great kindness to the individual in pain. He knows that he is fundamentally alone but at least he knows that others care and are trying to understand.

  5. tim1234tim1234 Says:

    Ora, il mondo non si muovono al ritmo di un solo tamburo,
    Che cosa potrebbe essere giusto per te, non può essere giusto per alcuni.

  6. Brian Woodland Says:

    I will miss you!
    b

  7. Servatreus Baker Says:

    You will be missed,rest in peace.Your with GOD now so no worries.

  8. Christine Says:

    You were one of my childhood favourites, you will be sorely missed, God bless you and rest in peace xx

  9. ayanna k alexander Says:

    RIP FROM ALL IN TRINIDAD

  10. Velma Bruchmiller Says:

    Gary you were a great actor, I love watching different strokes it was very inspiring. You will be missed alot. Rest in Peace. May God be with your family always.

  11. Nona Says:

    I will always remember Arnold’s famous phrase from Different Strokes, “What You Talking About Willis. He will be missed and may he rest in peace.

  12. Nona Says:

    He will be missed and may he rest in peace. I will always remember when Arnold said on Different Strokes, “What you talking about Willis?

  13. Billy Slimp Says:

    I always enjoyed watching Mr. Coleman. May you Rest In Peace.

  14. katie Says:

    rip gary coleman little man

  15. ungh Says:

    ***********************
    HIM SAY “WHO CHEW WILLIS” CATCHPHRAZE DEN HIM HAVE DIFFRNT STROKE DEATH. HIM JOIN WHITE SISTER WHO TUK TOO MUCH DRUG ON COUNT MIZTER DROOMAND WUZ BAD FATHER.
    ******************************************

  16. Teresa M. Says:

    You will Truly be missed Gary. You had a Rough life Here on Earth, so now I Pray You Rest in Peace and Enjoy the Fruits of your Suffering, You will Truly be Blessed in Heaven!

  17. dorene burr Says:

    he is now in little people land

  18. Daniel Oliver Says:

    You can rest now.

  19. debrah g. moore Says:

    yu will be missed grealy

  20. debrah g. moore Says:

    you will be missed but not forgotten

  21. Alessandro Says:

    i’m very, very sad… you took the best years of my life…my greatest memories…never forget you…RIP…I’ll miss you always…great friend!

    Alessandro from Rimini, Italy

  22. Crystal Whisenant Says:

    May your body rest in peace and your soul pass on to the next…….. safe journey you are an awesome Guy

  23. Alicia Ocasio Says:

    Rest in peace, always be remembered as different strokes was many of his fans favorite.

  24. Sabrina Anderson Says:

    R.I.P Arnold

  25. ROSA SANTIAGO Says:

    R.I.P YOU WILL BE MISS

  26. ROSA SANTIAGO Says:

    YOU WAS MY FAVORITE COMEDY SHOW ON TV LOVE YOU R.I.P

  27. Richard W. Sowers Says:

    You brought joy and laughter to a me and a lot of of other people. I am truly sorry that your life was full of such misery. You did not deserve that. Rest In Peace, My Friend. Thank You for the enjoyment you brought to your TV audiance.

  28. Christaria N. Sheppeard Says:

    We love you Gary.May you rest in peace.

  29. denise ragland Says:

    only god know best .RIP

  30. ms. alls Says:

    i grew up with the wonderful show ,showing eveybody came live together ,no matter were you come from,and love knows no color.plus all his little bits in other shows .. he was a good actor no what life gave him he worked through it …may he be at peace finlly .

  31. Elizabeth De Jesus Says:

    My deepest condolecence tothe Coleman’s family. He made everyone laughed with all of his jokes when he was a little boy. Too bad that his life had to end this way. He will be always remember.
    rest in peace “Arnold”

  32. Jackie Says:

    You were loved by millions of fans. I am one of them. RIP Gary

  33. Snuppy Won Says:

    Like so many star’s who are made fun of after their star has waned, I say to this:

    Much better to have been quote, a has-been, then a never-been anything, or never took a chance in life.

    Gary made a lot of people laugh, and a great entertainer. God Bless.

  34. shelia chambers Says:

    you will always be remembered

  35. gordon diaz Says:

    r.i.p. my friend………you wher goon

  36. Katie Says:

    what up crazy girl Rip

  37. SHARON WARD Says:

    Gary you will always be missed and never forgotten.I pray that you are at peace now.My heart goes out too your parents.

  38. Chelsea Says:

    We all miss u so very much gary god will be with u all the way through your problemsxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  39. Brendan Says:

    I remember watching you when I was a child. I loved different Strokes and loving the show. RIP Gary Coleman.

  40. Cashala Keyona Says:

    R.I.P

  41. Nicole Says:

    You are sorely missed…one of my childhood friends…

  42. lizzy perez Says:

    you were an amazing actor R.I.P gary coleman

  43. lizzy perez Says:

    we all luv you beary much R.I.P

  44. Tiffany Says:

    You will be missed by many. R.I.P.

  45. JAMIE MIRANDA Says:

    Some people never have rest on this earth…maybe Gary will have peace in death..RIP

  46. johnnysmith Says:

    he played a good tv show back in the days

  47. Brenda Says:

    It was sad that he died!!!

  48. Adriana Rodriguez Says:

    Gary u will be missed!!!! R.I.P

  49. Booger Says:

    caitlin jackson is a sexy beast

  50. Elizabeth Breeding Says:

    You are like MJ you will never die you will live on forever in our haerts we love you and will think of you R.I.P

  51. 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

  52. VICTORIA Says:

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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. michelle davis Says:

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

  56. crime stopper Says:

    next time watch your step and rip

  57. hi2u Says:

    he be sum tyoe of creeper

  58. wiz khalifa Says:

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

  59. jerrod jackson Says:

    old arnold love u brother

  60. Shannon Taylor Says:

    R.I.P Gary Gunnar miss ya loads xxxxxxx

  61. kiki Says:

    My family loves you

  62. DON BRITT Says:

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

  63. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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