Diff’rent Strokes Actor Gary Coleman Dead at 42


The child star of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ passes away after a brain hemorrhage in Utah. (May 28)

Gary Coleman star of Diff’rent Stokes, which lasted eight seasons, ending in 1986 when Gary Coleman was 18.

Coleman was born in Zion, Illinois. He was adopted by Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner, and W.G. Coleman, a fork-lift operator. He suffered from a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (an autoimmune destruction and alteration of the kidney), which halted his growth at an early age, leading to a small stature (4 ft 8 in; 1.42 m) and a childlike appearance. He underwent two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, and required daily dialysis.

Coleman suffered seizures in January and February of 2009 and was recently hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage.

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