R.I.P. Gary Coleman

Only 42 years old, Gary Coleman died today of an intercranial hemorrhage after falling and striking his head earlier in the week. He’ll best be remembered for the line, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?" in the show “Different Strokes” that ran from 1978-86.

I’ll always remember Coleman for his role as the diminutive foster child, having been one myself during the first decade of my life. Like many child stars, he suffered from a number of issues later in life and never regained his early success. For some reason, his death has gotten under my skin—maybe it’s his age (I’m only two years older), maybe it’s the nostalgia, maybe it’s that I could relate to the show so closely, but nevertheless I’m saddened.

Condolences to his family.

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