Gary Coleman is on life support, in a coma and fighting for his life. Coleman suffered a brain hemorrhage after apparently falling in his Utah home earlier this week.
This is a definite blow to all the fans likes me, that grew up watching the Diff’rent Strokes star as a funny, little short kid who was always asking his tv brother co-star “What you talking about Willis?!”. Coleman, 42 definitely needs our “thoughts and prayers” according to his manager.
Manager John Alcantar gave a statement today saying Coleman’s injury happened on Wednesday in his home and he was immediately taken to a local hospital. Coleman’s was transferred to the ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for more tests and further treatment.
Apparently after that transfer things only got worse for Coleman. “As of mid-morning on May 27th, Mr Coleman was conscious and lucid,” said Alcantar. “By early afternoon, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened.” “We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon on May 27th, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support.”
Coleman has had his share of health issues early this year when he suffered two seizures on two different times. He has also had two kidney transplants, one in 1973 and one in 1984, which were supposed to help his kidney disease called Nephritis. Nephritis is the disease that stunted his growth as a child into his adulthood.
Coleman has definitely had a run ins with the law in recent history but with all that aside, Alcantar stated, “he always has had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years.” He then went on to say “At this critical moment, we can only ask for your thoughts and prayers for Gary to make a speedy and full recovery.”
This news hits shortly after, in a different turn of events, lead singer from the 80’s hair band Poison, Bret Michaels also suffered from a brain hemorrhage among other things.
**UPDATE 5/28/10 – Sadly, Gary Coleman died earlier this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP.****