Gary Coleman, the former child star who rose to fame as the wisecracking youngster Arnold Jackson on the TV sitcom “Diff'rent Strokes,” has died, according to CNN. He was 42.
Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage at a Provo, Utah, hospital, Friday afternoon, May 28, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The actor became ill at his Santaquin, Utah, home Wednesday evening, May 26, and was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, Coleman's spokesman said in a statement earlier Friday.
He was then taken to another hospital — Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo — later Wednesday night, CNN reported.
In the late '70s and early '80s, Coleman was one of TV’s brightest stars, the personality around which “Diff’rent Strokes’’ centered. The story was about two African-American, inner-city children who are taken in by a wealthy white businessman, his daughter and their housekeeper.
Pictured above is Gary Coleman.