'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman dead at 42

PROVO, Utah - (AP) - Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, has died after suffering anintercranial hemorrhage. He was 42.Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank sayslife support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT.Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing, became a star after "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted in 1978. He played the younger brother in a pair of African-American siblings adopted by a wealthy white man.His popularity faded when the show ended after six seasons onNBC and two on ABC.He suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease thatstunted his growth and had a host of legal problems in recentyears.

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