One of the most iconic child stars of yesteryear, Gary Coleman, passed away today at the age of 42. The Huffington Post has been following the story, which started late last night when news was released that the actor was in critical condition at a hospital near his Utah home with "a serious medical problem." Just an hour ago, an update stated that the serious medical problem was a brain hemorrhage, and after spending Thursday conscious and lucid in the hospital, Coleman lost consciousness and was put on life support, which he was taken off of this morning before passing away.
Of course, Coleman's fame lays squarely on television, stemming from his almost 10-year span as Arnold Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes. During the height of his popularity, however, he did star in cheesy comedies like 1981's On the Right Track, where he played a homeless shoeshine boy, and 1982's Jimmy the Kid, where he played a brat kidnapped by crooks. While his starring gigs laid mostly in the past, he continued to work over the years. His last film was 2008's An American Carol, where he played Bacon Stains Malone.
Coleman's life was plagued with turmoil, both from legal problems and reputation to a long history of kidney disease and health problems. We hope he's in a safer, happier, and healthier place now. RIP, Arnold Jackson.