Former Child Star Gary Coleman in Critical Condition
Gary Coleman, the former star of TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes,” has been rushed to a Utah hospital, where he is still in critical condition, multiple reports said. The 42-year-old Coleman was brought to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed. “He’s listed in critical condition. He was admitted Wednesday,” hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank told People magazine.
The medical emergency is the third this year for Coleman, who suffered a seizure in February and another undisclosed ailment a month earlier. As for the current medical scare, Coleman’s lawyer, Randy Kester, said the actor’s family has yet to know his real condition as tests are still being conducted.
Coleman achieved fame for his role as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes,” which ran from 1978 to 1986. Health has been a constant problem for Coleman, as he suffers from an autoimmune disease, which has required him to undergo two kidney transplants in his younger years.
Aside from medical problems, Coleman has also had financial troubles and several run-ins with law enforcers. He filed for bankruptcy in 1999, just six years after getting more than $1.2 million in a court battle with his parents and former manager over his trust fund. He was charged with assault in 1998 after an altercation with a woman who had sought his autograph.
He has been leaving in Utah since 2005 with his wife Shannon Price, whom he met on the set of the film “Church Ball.”