Despite the many dead celebrity rumors circulating, Gary Coleman, child actor from the popular NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” still clings to life at a Utah hospital where he was taken Wednesday after suffering a fall at his Utah home. Â ABC News reported Friday that, after slipping in and out of consciousness since his hospitalization, the 42-year-old actor went into a coma and was placed on life support. Â According to the report, Gary Coleman developed an intracranial hemorrhage, a bleeding of the brain that can be caused by a traumatic head injury.
The circumstances surrounding Gary Coleman’s injury are as yet unclear. Â Coleman’s wife, Shannon Price, issued a statement to 2News (KUTV) in Salt Lake City Thursday.
“Gary was taken to the hospital with a serious medical problem yesterday,” the statement reads, “we are asking for everyone’s prayers at this time. Â We hope those prayers are answered and that Gary will be able to recover and return home soon.”
Gary Coleman’s brother-in-law told TMZ that the “Diff’rent Strokes” star was injured in a fall at his home and immediately taken to a hospital.
This is the third hospitalization this year for the diminutive actor. Â He checked himself into a Los Angeles hospital in January from what he later described as seizure-like activity. Â In February, he suffered a seizure on the set of “The Insider,” where he was administered to by Dr. Drew Pinsky (“Celebrity Rehab”), who was nearby. Â Gary Coleman has had a troubled medical history his entire life, having been born with failed kidneys.
News that the “Diff’rent Strokes” star had gone into a coma came after the internet was inundated with reports and speculation that Coleman was dead. Â apparently the latest in the neverending dead celebrity hoaxes.