Gary Coleman dead at 42 (1968 – 2010)

May 28th, 2010 // 125 Comments

One last unfortunate update, folks, Gary Coleman died today after being taken off life support, according to RadarOnline:

Coleman had been hospitalized in Provo, Utah since Wednesday, May 26, after suffering what his family called “a serious medical problem.”
As previously reported, Coleman had slipped into a coma and was on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage, according to ABC News.

You really can’t say anything bad about Gary Coleman considering he was doomed the minute he stepped foot on the set of Diff’rent Strokes. Everything that transpired afterward was out of his hands, and I for one don’t begrudge the man a few random head-buttings while trying to navigate through a world that must’ve seemed built for only giants.

Rest in Peace, Gary. May you find what Willis was talkin’ ’bout on the other side.

Photo: WENN

  1. Que

    Que dang.

  2. The Ghost of Billy Rays Career

    whatchu talkin bout superficial?

  3. Taz

    Sad. RIP.

  4. Aaron K.

    No jokes to be made here. RIP Gary.

  5. ROUGH appeal

    So long Gary, you did have it ROUGH! RIP

  6. Vince Lombardi

    Hope you find some peace at last, little man.

  7. Mr. Drummond

    Fella has a tough life. RIP Arnold.

  8. Lio

    first! sayin First!


    Rest in Peace, Gary. May you find what Willis was talkin’ ’bout on the other side

    SO cute, Fish…

  10. sam

    @8 you’re a cunt

  11. j-sin

    RIP Gary. It really does take different strokes to rule the world.

  12. wags

    RIP. Nice to see ‘fish finally note someone’s death with dignity, well said.

  13. Champ

    RIP. The dude did seemingly have a very rough life.

  14. Mr. Nice Guy

    Gary RIP.

  15. Todd

    Rest in Peace, Gary. May you find what Willis was talkin’ ’bout on the other side.

    Haha nice, Fish.
    Rip Gary Coleman.

  16. Just a tulip

    Wow Fish – one of the best tributes you have made yet. Made my eyes mist a little. Thanks

  17. alex

    the little dude never had a real chance for happiness. Adored child star to running joke. Pretty sad . RIP Gary

  18. Paula

    May you finally rest in peace, Gary*

  19. aprilstp

    Omg Gary! I’m gonna cry:-( He was THE celebrity when I was in 4th grade. Always loved him. Superfish is so right…the poor thing was doomed.

  20. Nameless

    Wow….another 80s icon dead. RIP

  21. Rasputins Liver


    Although I rarely watched “Different Strokes” I always thought he was a cool dude. After hearing about his physical state and what his parents did to him I thought, wow, this guy was really rooked, especially by his parents.

    I’ve always wonder why Hollywood seemed to turn its collective back on him as I always thought he had the possibilities to have further success in that cesspool.

    Why did not original visionaries like a Quentin Tarantino, Farrelly Brothers, or a Tim Burton get this guy on board one of their interesting projects. Gary would have been great as a villain in a Batman movie. Any of these guys and a few others would have known what to do with Gary. And they could have helped him revitialize his career.

    I’m sorry to see him go. But now, maybe, he can find the peace he never had living.


    On a side note, Fish, And I know it won’t mean anything to you. But if that fucking pop-up promo for Mr. Demi Moore and that Heigle bitch comes up again on every single click of the mouse I’m gonna bail for a while.

    I suspect I won’t be the only one.

    One thing for it to come up on the main page…ONCE!…. But to keep coming up every time we click back and forth from one page to another, well, my man, you’re sorely testing the patience of your loyal readership.

    Careful, man. You could go too far with that bullshit.


  22. Michael Lohan

    How is my junkie daughter STILL alive??? Hello grim reaper…want some STD’s, Coke, and a BJ?????

  23. MR. T

    man….the hazards of Midget tossing……sure it seems fun when you start but there is always a down side….

  24. omelette

    @16 I agree. Nice one ‘fish.

  25. Scott

    Thanks for not saying something jerky about him Fish. No human should have their life peak at the age of 9 – it’s just too much for anyone to take.

  26. Pablito

    RIP Gary.

  27. Lolocaust

    What a shame his life was cut… so short.

  28. Jim Jones

    I wholeheartedly agree. RIP Gary. Well done, fish, well done.

  29. Hey now!

    one less little bastard in the world who goes around biting people. He never did grow up. Yes , pun intended!!

  30. Scott, It’s better to peak at 9 then to never peak at all.

    RIP Gary

  31. Alan

    Why be so rude when someone dies. That is awful. I hate it.
    Gary Coleman thank you for the laughter. Won’t be forgotten.

  32. Andrea

    Whatchu rottin’ bout, Willis?

  33. Rick

    Now he can do afterlife midget porn with Dana Plato.

  34. Tek

    Man this has been a pretty rough month. RIP Gary, you will forever be remembered. And nice little farewell note, Fish. Appreciate it.

  35. Mr. Sensitive

    “Coleman had slipped into a coma and was on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage”

    …so was it the same thing as Bret Michaels’ hemorrhage, or was it a diff’rent stroke?

  36. kumar

    yo dick look like gary coleman

  37. texasblooz

    A perfect example of a life haunted by the relentless cruelty of hollywood and tabloid culture. May he finally get the peaceful rest he needs.

  38. Pitchies

    Makes me sad – the guy never got a break.
    Sure, he stepped over the line some times … but so would you if people were always asking you to say the same line over and over.

  39. willis&kimberly

    #36 I just snorted after reading your comment. Not pretty on my part, haha. But very funny comment. Man, it’s not looking too good to be an icon from the 80′s let me tell you! RIP GC!

    Oh and yea, enough with the Kutch pop up add. Geez dude. We get it, he’s got a good publicist.

  40. ___

    All together now:

    Well the world don’t move to the bear of just one drum
    What might be right for you, may not be right for some
    A man is born, he’s a man of means
    Then along come two, they got nothin’ but the dreams
    It takes, Diff’rent Strokes it takes, Diff’rent Strokes it takes, Diff’rent strokes to rule the world.

    Eveybody’s got a special kind of story
    Everybody finds a way to shine
    It don’t matter that you got, not a lot, so what?
    They’ll have theirs, you’ll have yours and I’ll have mine
    But together we’ll be fine

    “Cause it takes Diff’rent Strokes, it takes, Diff’rent Strokes, it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to rule the world!


    RIP Gary.

  41. jason

    Please put Audrina’s breasts or Kelly Brook back as the top entry. I don’t want to have to look at Gary’s hideous dwarf face all throughout the extended holiday weekend.

  42. Mark

    LOL @ 42 (TRUE!!), and very nicely put, Fish. RIP, Gary.

  43. Dudley's girlfriend

    That was actually a nice post. RIP, Gary.

  44. RichPort

    I heard he died from a combination of several different strokes…

  45. Me

    …and watchoo talkin’ bout everyone!

  46. RichPort I see you have been reading Geekologie! All jokes aside, it’s unfortunate his life was short lived….GET IT? Sorry. All jokes aside, for real, RIP Gary. Go pick on He PingPing while you’re down there.

  47. …and when I say Geekologie, I of course mean

  48. DarkSock's ManGravy

    R.I.P. little man.

    May you pee in many horses butt’s on the other side.

  49. Rasputins Liver


    After thinking about it for a while, thinking about how he and his wife had such a turbulent, even violent, realationship; and given how so far the details of how he “fell” are nil and shrouded in secrecy, I’m wondering if we’re going to be hearing more about this as a normal investigation progresses.

    His wife is a normal sized woman who could easily have, either in a defensive or aggressive mode, likely do some real harm to Gary if she so chose.

    Like so many others from the moment I heard he was admitted into ICU I had a bad feeling about his chances of survival. I’ve also got a bad feeling his wife has much to do with Gary dying.

    Well, we’ll see if anything comes of this beyond today.


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