Diff'rent Strokes Star Gary Coleman Dies at 42


Gary Coleman, the child star who anchored the classic, racial-barrier battering sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has died. He was 42.


Coleman suffered an intracranial hemorrhage at his home in Utah Wednesday and was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah. Family and friends were at his side when his life support was terminated, and he died at the hospital at 12:05 p.m. local time Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.


Coleman starred as Arnold Jackson, an African-American child adopted along with his older brother, Willis, by a wealthy white widower, Mr. Drummond (Conrad Bain). Coleman mugged and charmed his way into audiences' hearts with a personae that mixed knowing wisecracks and vulnerability. Arnold's catchphrase - "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis" - became a pop culture staple.


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