Gary Coleman on Life Support

Former Diff'rent Strokes star unconscious in Utah ICU after suffering brain hemorrhage in fall at his home

By Marcus Errico May 28, 2010 4:40 PMTags
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Gary Coleman desperately needs your "thoughts and prayers."

The former Diff'rent Strokes star, hospitalized after a fall earlier this week, is now in a coma on life support with a brain hemorrhage, according to his manager.

Coleman, 42, suffered the injury in his Utah home on Wednesday and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, manager John Alcantar said in a statement Friday. Coleman was then transferred to the ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for further tests and treatment.

And there, things took a bad turn.

"As of mid-morning on May 27, 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, Mountain Time, on May 27, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support."

In a sad coda to his statement, Alcantar says that despite Coleman's recent history of health problems and personal issues, "he always has had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years.

"At this critical moment, we can only ask for your thoughts and prayers for Gary to make a speedy and full recovery."

—Reporting by Whitney English

(Originally published May 28, 2010, 6:38 a.m. PT)

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