STARS including Todd Bridges and Janet Jackson have spoken out to pay tribute to Gary Coleman, who died Friday after a fall at his home put him in a coma.
“It’s sad that I’m the last kid alive from the show,” said Bridges, who starred as Gary’s brother on the ’80s TV series Diff’rent Strokes — about two inner city orphans adopted by a rich family.
“I’m at a loss for words upon learning of Gary Coleman’s passing. I want to remember him as the fun, playful, adorable and affectionate man he was,” Jackson, who made a guest appearance on Diff’rent Strokes, wrote on her Twitter account. “He has left a lasting legacy. I know he is finally at peace.”
A host of other former child stars also took to Twitter to share their grief at Gary’s death.
“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be…actors. r.i.p. gary,” wrote Full House star John Stamos.
Scrubs star Donald Faison Tweeted lyrics to the Diff’rent Strokes theme in memory of Gary.
“Now the world don’t move… To the beat of just one drum… What might be right for you… May not be right for some,” he wrote.
Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet also recalled memories of the show, writing “Arnold and Abraham the goldfish together again. RIP Gary Coleman.”
Paula Abdul wrote, “I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Gary Coleman. my heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family.”
Robin Leach Tweeted, “Terribly sad news that 41 year-old Gary Coleman has just died after being injured in a fall at his Utah home.”
Gary was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center earlier this week following the fall, which led to a severe head injury.
His condition was so severe that doctors were unable to operate on the 42-year-old star and his wife Shannon Price decided to turn off his life support machine.
His health had seen a downturn in recent years — as well as suffering a seizure on the set of TV show The Insider, he also underwent heart surgery in 2009.
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