The actor who played Phillip Drummond, the father figure to Willis and Arnold on the ill fated TV sitcom Different Strokes, has passed away at 89. Todd Bridges, the only surviving member from the original cast, said of his passing “In addition to being a positive and supportive father figure both on and off-screen, Conrad was well-loved and made going to work each day enjoyable for all of us. He will be missed, but never forgotten.”.
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Gary Coleman,the Different Strokes star died of a brain hemorrhage after a fall at his home near Salt Lake City last night. His wife Shannon, made the decision to pull life support after he lay in a coma for several days. Gary Coleman was famous for his role as Arnold in the hit sitcom Different Strokes. Unfortunately after the show ended he found it hard to find further success and ended up with the cursed title “former child star”. Coleman was born with a congenital kidney disease which hindered acting roles in later life. After suing his parents for allegedly misappropriating money he earned from Different Strokes he was awarded $US1.3 million but filed for bankruptcy 7 years later. In his later life Gary became famous for his run ins with the law, but despite all of that, Gary Coleman will always be remembered as the cute little kid who entertained millions and made people laugh. Gary Coleman was 42.