PROVO, Utah - Former child TV star Gary Coleman has died, according to the spokesperson at the Utah hospital where he was being treated. He was on life support and unconscious after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home, his family said Friday.
Coleman suffered the hemorrhage Wednesday at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center released the statement on behalf of Coleman's family; the statement indicated that Coleman, 42, was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support. He died on Friday afternoon.
Coleman had continuing ill health from a kidney disease he suffered as a child. He had at least two kidney transplants and has ongoing dialysis.
An ambulance was called to Coleman's home Wednesday, and he was initially transported to Mountain View Hospital in Payson, the nearest medical facility, said Dennis Howard, Santaquin's director of public safety.
The family statement said Coleman was later moved to the regional medical center in Provo for additional tests and treatment. Shortly before his death, Coleman's condition was described as an intracranial hemorrhage, which is bleeding inside the head. He was said to be unconscious and on life support.
Coleman is best known for his stint on "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986. Coleman moved to Utah in 2005 to star in the movie "Church Ball," a comedy based on basketball leagues formed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He met his wife Shannon Price on the movie set and married her in 2007. Last fall, Coleman had heart surgery complicated by pneumonia, said his Utah attorney Randy Kester. In February, Coleman also suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider."
Also in February, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to an April 2009 domestic violence incident at his home. Coleman also had a string of financial and legal problems. The family acknowledged his struggles in its statement, saying Coleman had had "difficulties not only with health issues, but also with his personal and public life."
"At times it may not have been apparent, but he always had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years," the family said shortly before his passing.