Former U.S. child TV star Gary Coleman dies in Utah

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Actor Gary Coleman arrives at the 6th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California, June 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Former U.S. child television star Gary Coleman died at the age of 42 in Utah on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Coleman died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage earlier this week, according to a statement from hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank.

Coleman was lucid and conscious Thursday morning but that he was on life support by Thursday afternoon, according to a statement released by his management team. The statement continued to say, "Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated".

A resident of Santaquin, Utah, Coleman had been hospitalized Wednesday and lost consciousness the next day. He was taken off life support Friday afternoon with his family at his side, the hospital said.

Born with failed kidneys, Coleman had undergone two transplants by age 14 and his growth was permanently stunted by the side effects of dialysis medications, the paper said.

The diminutive star soared to fame in the late 1970s as perhaps the most well-known child star in the country during the period, starring in hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" as Arnold Jackson and whose post-TV-series life included a stint as a shopping mall security guard and an unlikely run for California governor, according to The Times.

Source: Xinhua

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