Police 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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