Yesterday, media outlets began reporting that former child star Gary Coleman was in some kind of accident on his Provo, Utah property. Gary apparently fell… somewhere, onto his head, and he’s had some kind of severe internal bleeding. At this point, he’s in a coma and on life support. Here’s more:
Gary Coleman is fighting for his life.
A spokesman for the former child star told ABC News that Coleman, 42, is in a coma and on life support at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah.
On Wednesday, the Diff’rent Strokes actor suffered a “severe” intracranial hemorrhage — bleeding in the skull — in his Santaquin, Utah home, and was rushed (still lucid and conscious) to the hospital. By Thursday afternoon, his condition had deteriorated, and the star was slipping in and out of consciousness.
What caused Coleman’s hemorrhage? “I can confirm he fell,” his father-in-law Dale Price told UsMagazine.com late Thursday. Shannon, the actor’s wife of three years, “has been by his bedside,” Dale added. “We are hanging in there. I don’t want to say anything else.”
Coleman’s health has never been 100%. He endured kidney disease as a child — necessitating at least two kidney transplants and ongoing dialysis, according to the Associated Press. Last fall, he underwent heart surgery, which was followed by a bout of pneumonia; in February, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of The Insider.
The star has lived in Utah since 2005, when he filmed the movie Church Bell there — and met wife-to-be Shannon Price. He pled guilty in February to misdemeanor charge with regard to an April 2009 domestic violence episode at home.
[From Us Weekly]
UPDATE as of 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon: Radar has just reported that Gary has died. He was 42 years old. Radar reports that “He was pulled of life support Friday morning and later passed away. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital Friday.” For more on the life of Gary Coleman, Radar has a good summary here and here is his Wikipedia page. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and his fans.