Gary Coleman (Getty Images)The actor Gary Coleman has passed away today at the age of 42. The actor's wife, Shannon Price, made the decision to remove Coleman from life support after he slipped into a coma.

Coleman had been rushed a Utah hospital yesterday afternoon after suffering from a head injury. He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

"Mr. Coleman suffered an intracranial hemorrhage at his home in Utah on the evening of May 26, 2010. As of mid morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid, but by early afternoon that same day, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened," said Janet Frank of Intermountain Healthcare, the hospital where Coleman passed away.

Coleman was surrounded by friends and family as he passed. The official time of death was 12:05 Mountain Standard Time. This was the third time Coleman had been hospitalized this year. He underwent heart surgery in January, and suffered a seizure on the set of The Insider in February.

Coleman was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Born with a congenital kidney disease that halted his early growth, Coleman maintained a small stature through much of his life.

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  • Gary Coleman in TFF 2009 Portrait Studio At The DIRECTV Tribeca Press Center - Day 3
  • Gary Coleman in TFF 2009 Portrait Studio At The DIRECTV Tribeca Press Center - Day 3
  • Gary Coleman in TFF 2009 Portrait Studio At The DIRECTV Tribeca Press Center - Day 3
  • Gary Coleman in TFF 2009 Portrait Studio At The DIRECTV Tribeca Press Center - Day 3

In 1978, Diff'rent Strokes debuted on NBC. The show concerned Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain), a wealthy white widower in New York City who adopted two young black boys after their parents died. Plato played Kimberly, the teenage daughter of Drummond and the sister of the two adopted boys, Willis (Todd Bridges) and Arnold (Gary Coleman). She was the oldest, Willis was second, and Arnold was the third. The show was an immediate hit.

Plato appeared on the show until 1984. During that year, she became pregnant by her boyfriend, a musician named Lanny Lambert. The producers of Diff'rent Strokes did not feel that a pregnancy would fit the show's wholesome image, so Plato was let go. Although rumors of drug use and other "problems on the set" swirled around her dismissal, the producers were adamant that the pregnancy was the only reason her character was written out. Plato actually returned for several appearances during the show's final season, which appeared on ABC, including an episode (Plato's final appearance in the series) in which Kimberly suffers the effects of bulimia.

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