Gary Coleman R.I.PMay 30, 2010
Watchoo talkin’ about, Willis?
I’m talking about this:
I heard on Friday night that Gary Coleman had died of a brain haemorrhage, aged 42 as a result of a fall at his home.
I remember him as Arnold in Different Strokes, one of the great shows of the 80s, along with Soap, The Golden Girls and The Cosby Show. He was cheeky and had that catchphrase, which anyone who lived through that time as a child, or teenager would recognise immediately. In real life he was older than the character he played, but due to a kidney disease that stunted his growth, he looked much younger.
I didn’t hear much about him on this side of the pond after the show ended, except for the odd story about his various troubles, from court appearances to lost money to a stint as a security guard in a shopping mall (that’s a mall cop, yes?). Although we see and read a lot about how dangerous the world can be ‘out there,’ a lot of people meet their end in their own home through accidents. It’s sad to know that this was how it ended for him, but we can bow down to the God of this millennium called YouTube, because if you liked Different Strokes, you can see him in action again and again. And for the young ones, they can discover him for the first time.
I’ve heard about this so-called curse of Different Strokes and I’m sure he will be seen as another casualty, but curse or not, he’s still dead. Rest in Peace little man.