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"Diff'rent Strokes" Star Dies 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 an
intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank says
life 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 on
NBC and two on ABC.

He suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that
stunted his growth and had a host of legal problems in recent
years.

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