Former child star Gary Coleman passed away early this morning after suffering a traumatic brain injury at his Utah home on Wednesday. According to Internet sources, Coleman suffered an intracranial hemorrhage after a fall.
He was rushed to the hospital following the accident and was initially reported to be conscious, though things quickly changed.
His wife of more than two years, Shannon Price, gave doctors permission to remove life support from Coleman early today. Prior to the decision, Coleman had lapsed into a coma.
No stranger to hospitals, Coleman had received two kidney transplants in his life due to a rare kidney defect that also affected his growth. In February, while filming on the set of The Insider, Coleman suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital.
Fans struggled to form a complete picture of the accident on Thursday, with friends and family stating simply that Coleman had been hospitalized because of a “serious medical problem.” They later learned that Coleman had fallen, suffering a traumatic brain injury, but little else was given regarding his status.
Today, the news comes as a surprise to most. Funeral plans have not yet been announced.
Things had not been easy for Coleman following his time on the highly-rated sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. While he found some success on television, the late 1980’s saw Coleman fall into money problems. He sued his adopted parents for mismanagement of his trust fund and later was forced to file for bankruptcy.