An icon of the 1970s and 1980s, Gary Coleman passed away yesterday at the age of 42 from a brain hemorrhage. The diminutive actor had had many health and personal problems over the years but was still beloved by many, especially those who remember his work on the Diff’rent Strokes sitcom.
The family of Coleman’s widow, Shannon Price, held a press conference today. Via a statement, she said, “We are very grateful for all the wonderful support everyone has been extending to Gary’s family. Thousands of emails have poured in to the hospital. This has been so comforting to the family to know how beloved he still is.”
In a statement yesterday, the family said, “At times it may not have been apparent, but he always had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years.”
Fellow TV actors also expressed their grief. Ashton Kutcher (That ’70s Show) tweeted, “RIP Gary Coleman, I will always be a fan!” John Stamos (Full House) wrote, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be…actors. r.i.p. Gary.”