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Gary Coleman's Death Ruled an Accident

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 7th 2010 5:35AM

Gary ColemanPolice in Utah have confirmed that 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman's death has been ruled an accident.

As reported by the Associated Press, Santaquin Police Chief Dennis Howard said an autospy had determined the actor died of natural causes following an accidental fall at this home. The finding matches the evidence police found at Coleman's Santaquin home on May 26, and the state medical examiner's conclusions bring the police investigation into the death to a close.

The 42-year-old Coleman died in hospital two days after the fall when he was taken off life support after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Since his death there has been a legal dispute between his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend, both of whom claimed control over his estate.

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Gary Coleman Truly Lived on TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 31st 2010 5:01PM
In the last week, two very different celebrities died. Gary Coleman, known to almost everyone as Arnold Jackson on 'Diff'rent Strokes', passed away on May 28th, followed swiftly by Dennis Hopper, of 'Blue Velvet', 'Easy Rider' and 'Rebel Without a Cause' fame, on May 29th.

Both were icons, though for very different reasons. I think I know which one will get the cover of People Magazine, and which one will be relegated to a sidebar. Dennis Hopper may have been nominated for Academy Awards, been taken seriously as an artist and poet (and he discovered Jack Nicholson!), but Gary Coleman was on TV.

Actors stuck in a long-term TV contract may long to be freed to pursue a career on the big screen (despite the fact that it doesn't always work out... ahem Jennifer Aniston), but for audiences, television is home to the stars we really love. We met Gary Coleman in our living rooms, not in a movie theater. We could watch him in our pajamas.

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Gary Coleman Timeline

by Kim Potts, posted May 28th 2010 6:57PM


From adorable kid TV actor and sometimes tragic former child star to a money-related estrangement from his parents and a tumultuous marriage, one thing was consistent in Gary Coleman's life: He lived it all out in front of a public that never, sometimes to his chagrin, could forget the sweet-cheeked little boy who'd won their hearts in 'Diff'rent Strokes.' Here, a timeline of the major events in the actor's life:

Feb. 8, 1968
-- Gary Wayne Coleman is born in Zion, Illinois. Like his most memorable TV character, Coleman was adopted, by Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a pharmaceutical company employee. He never met his birth parents.

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Gary Coleman: A Look Back

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2010 5:26PM
Gary ColemanAs we reported earlier this afternoon, Gary Coleman, who gained fame as the young star of the popular late '70s and early '80s sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes,' passed away at the age of 42.

Coleman fell at his Utah home on Wednesday night and was rushed to a hospital. When it was discovered he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, he was transported to another hospital. Though he was actually awake and talking on Thursday, he became unconscious later in the day and was placed on life support. Because of his condition, he could not be operated on, and he died today, at 12:05PM Mountain Standard Time.

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Gary Coleman on 'Divorce Court': His Last Big TV Role

by Scott Harris, posted May 28th 2010 5:15PM
As the country deals with the loss of one-time child star Gary Coleman, who died today at age 42 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, the last impression for many television viewers may not have been his long stint on 'Dff'rent Strokes' in the 1980's but his much more recent and highly publicized guest appearance on a very different type of show: 'Divorce Court.'

Coleman's 2008 appearance on the show came as a surprise to many for the simple reason that most people didn't realize he had gotten married. But he had, to Shannon Price, an actress 17 years his junior whom he met on the set of the 2006 indie comedy 'Church Ball' and whom he married in August of 2007.

Even more surprising, though, is the fact that he and his new wife appeared on 'Divorce Court' not in an effort to end their marriage but in the hopes of fixing it.

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Gary Coleman: 'Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis?' In Action (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 28th 2010 5:00PM
Diff'rent StrokesGary Coleman gave the TV world one of the greatest and most widely-known catchphrases ever. For better or for worse, Coleman became synonymous with "What'choo talkin' 'bout Willis?"

Feed your nostalgia with a look back at some of Coleman's best moments on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' including the very special episode with First Lady Nancy Reagan. As a bonus, check out the video of Todd Bridges explaining the origin of the famous catchphrase.

For more on Coleman's passing, check out our coverage here.

Get ready for that adorable trademark no-nonsense lip action ...

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'Diff'rent Strokes' Cast: Where Are They Now

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 28th 2010 4:30PM
Diff'rent Strokes"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout?" That line from 'Diff'rent Strokes' made recently-deceased star Gary Coleman one of the most famous child actors in television history. (Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage May 28 at the age of 42.)

This prime-time comedy, which first aired first aired 30 years ago on Nov. 3, 1978, about a wealthy white widower who adopts his Harlem housekeeper's two black sons broke boundaries with its racially mixed cast and made stars of its players.

We find out what happened to the actors who moved our world.

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Gary Coleman Dead at 42

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 28th 2010 2:53PM
Gary ColemanBREAKING: Gary Coleman, who rose to fame during the late '70s and early '80s as the star of the popular sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes,' died today after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.

Coleman was hospitalized on May 26 after injuring his head in a fall at his home in Utah. He was reported as being "conscious and lucid" when he arrived at the hospital, but later slipped into coma and was put on life support.

According to TMZ, Coleman passed away at 12:05PM Mountain Standard Time at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, with his family by his side.

"Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated,. Family members express their appreciation and gratitude for the support and prayers that have been expressed for Gary and for them," the hospital said in a statement.

Coleman had a long history of health problems. He had two kidney transplants in 1973 and 1974, as the result of his battle with kidney disease nephritis, the disease that was responsible for stunting his growth.

Coleman was hospitalized twice this year after suffering seizures, in January and February, respectively.

Colmean played the wise-cracking Arnold Jackson for eight seasons on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' on which he became famous for his catchphrase, "What'choo talkin' 'bout?" The show ran from 1978 to 1986.

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Gary Coleman on Life Support, Says Rep

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 28th 2010 11:15AM
Gary ColemanActor Gary Coleman is reportedly in a coma and on life support following a head injury at his home in Utah this week, according to his spokesman.

The former 'Diff'rent Strokes' star fell and hit his head on Wednesday and was taken to the ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. John Alcantar, a spokesman for the actor, said in a statement that Coleman was at first "conscious and lucid," but that his condition quickly took a turn for the worse.

"We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon, Mountain Time, on May 27, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support."

Alcantar said Coleman suffered a brain hemorrhage.

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Gary Coleman in Critical Condition, Says Report

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 27th 2010 5:00PM
According to TMZ, 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman has been hospitalized in Utah and is currently in critical condition.

The report, citing Coleman's brother-in-law, claims that Coleman fell and injured his head, which led to his hospitalization. There is little other information at this time.

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Todd Bridges Talks to Wendy Williams About Gary Coleman (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:21PM
Aren't we tired of Gary Coleman yet? Ex-'Diff'rent Strokes' co-star Todd Bridges was on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to plug his autobiography 'Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted,' and naturally Williams asked him about his friendship with Coleman.

They got along for the first two seasons and then, according to Bridges, Coleman's dad came down to the set and changed everything. "There was no more playing with us." And now? "He's a mess," Williams said. "He won't talk to me right now," Bridges said. Count your blessings.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gary Coleman Storms off 'The Insider' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 16th 2010 10:14PM
Gary Coleman, who was arrested Jan. 24 after police responded to a call from Coleman's house for a domestic disturbance (police found no crime was committed, but he was picked up because of a warrant stemming from a prior domestic disturbance incident), got nasty on 'The Insider' (weekdays, 7:30PM ET on CBS) when asked if he abuses his wife.

His initial response was "You can go drown yourself in the ocean," but as the questioning became more and more heated, Coleman's language escalated and he finally walked off the show.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Former TV Child Stars Do the Craziest Things

by Daynah Burnett, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:00AM
Brian BonsallMaybe it's all that pressure to be super-cute and squeaky-clean, but it seems like when child stars go bad, they go really, really bad. Whether it's drugs, porn or whatever it is Gary Coleman does, we combed TV history to compile a list of child stars who have fallen the farthest.

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Gary Coleman wants to tell you your Fry Cup Fortune

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 12th 2009 11:38AM
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You're never quite sure where Gary Coleman is going to pop up next. He could be doing a TV commercial here, a Penn & Teller appearance there, a court appearance there. Now he's doing a promotion for New York Fries, a Canadian French fry chain. That page also has a link to a Facebook app where Gary will tell you your "Fry Cup Fortune."

Before today I never really thought I'd be writing a post about Gary Coleman, French fries, and fortune telling.

[via Adrants]

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The Donald to fire more "stars" next year as NBC renews Celebrity Apprentice

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 29th 2009 8:02PM
Vince Shlomi (It's an exciting time to be a B-, ,C- or D-List celebrity. NBC has just renewed the Celebrity Apprentice for another season set for next spring. Ratings have been pretty good for the current run, airing on Sundays with such A-List celebrities as Khloe Kardashian, Tom Green and the Dice Man. It's surprisingly entertaining television, and it's fun seeing Donald Trump interacting with these big names. Of course what it really is is just more of that celebreality voyeurism crap on which VH1 built an empire.

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