TODD BRIDGES, JANET JACKSON PAY TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC GARY COLEMAN


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gary ColemanSTARS 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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  • cindy

    I will always remember Gary… He was sooooooo funny as a child actor. I grew watching he and Willis…love them both !!!! RIP GARY…REST IN PEACE !!!

    • Tracy Terry

      hey Gary, got a cigarette?

      • vanessa

        Hey tracy terry- your comments are SO funny!! You’re such a natural and hollywood obviously has a career waiting for you as a standup comedian…No, seriously though.Why don’t you run down to the local hardware store, buy some matches and kerosene, pour it all over yourself and set yourself on fire? Already, the world is a better place :)

  • Jerome

    I was devastated to hear of Gary’s passing…I grew up with Gary & witnessed his triumphs and his downfalls. Gary you will be missed and there will never be another!!! Rest in Peace Gary and watch over us..A Fan & Friend Forever!!! :)

  • Tasheka

    …”WHAT CHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS!”… PRICELESS, THANK U FOR ALL THE GUTT-RENCHING LAUGHTER, BE AT PEACE

    • http://showbizspy.com Jane

      What kind of wife was Shannon? Did she love him or were they just live together, married, friends? When her brother read a statment at a press conference their was no emotion. It sounded like an “oh well he’s dead life goes on let’s go spend any money he had.” I’m sorry, but to me it didn’t sound like his in-laws had any feelings for him at all. Rest in peace Gary Colemen, I am sure you are happier now.

  • Lady H

    RIP Gary I will always remember the laughs I had watching different strokes. May you fill the heavens with lots of joy.

    • Tracy Terry

      i can do lots of diff’rent kinds of strokes and i cum every time

      • Xtina

        …that’s fine. Just make sure to put a condom on it. We wouldn’t want you to catch herpes or die of AIDS…mmm…or would we?

    • brian

      your a sick SOB… u need jesus, ya dumb bastard.

    • dave

      what you said was totally uncalled for and you are one sick pup but even more than that you are just plain common……………………….

    • Wanda Freeman

      Some people really need Jesus bad!! They also need some manners and respect! That comment was so uncalled for! Shame on you!!

      • ed

        Jesus was an alien. most religions are nothing more than dictatorships. Hitler has nothing on what religion has done, more death, suffering and so many other horrible things… ll thanks to some dumb morons who think they know whats best for all.

  • Lady Nosbig

    May God bless your family at this time. Rest in peace Gary Coleman.

    Like so many people, I grew up on Different Strokes and I absolutely adored your “fat cheeks”, and of course I had the biggest crush on Todd Bridges..who didn’t. @_@.

    Your presence will be missed.

  • natasha norwood

    GARY U REALLY WILL BE MISSED SO NOW U ARE IN HEAVEN WITH THE ANGELS SO NOW U CAN REST IN PEACE.

    • Tracy Terry

      i hope he’s at least taller than the angels

  • Cynthia

    May God Bless Gary Coleman and his family, i grew up watching Differernt Strokes and he is in a better place now so he won’t be suffering, we will always remember “What You Talking ’bout Willis”.

  • jh

    This guy dying is probably for the best anyway

  • http://yahoo Keith

    May the Lord bless you Gary Coleman.we as people always have negative things to sau about what goes on in other people personal life,but the truth is we dont know what realy happen in Gary past and others.I was not born when different srokes came out in 1978.but I remember my grandmother wathing the show I then was about 8yrs of age.but my favorite part was What you talking bout Willis,

  • http://yahoo Keith Gardner

    May the lord bless you Gary Coleman.we as people always have negative things to say about what gors on in peoples personal life. but the truth is we dont know what goes on behind closed doors.I was not born yet when different strokes came out in 1978.but I remembered my Granmother watching the show.I then was about 8yrs old.but my favorite part was What you talking bout Willis. R I P Gary {Aronald}

  • http://o ladyd

    My sympathy to the family of Gary Coleman. My twins and
    I enjoyed Different Storkes. Head injuries are awful. Many
    suffer continous head ache forever.

    • dave

      It’s obvious your brain in sour mayo and you are a typical jealous SOB that is very miserable w/your own life……..Rip Gary…..no matter what

  • david

    Glad the wee cunts dead

    His mustard was shit

    • Monie

      I am sure people would be glad to see your ignorant, stupid, sorry, miserable azz dead too! “Glad the wee cunts dead. His mustard was sh**”. Um, um, I just don’t get it. You’re slow and is a lame; and not too bright either, because your whole comment doesn’t make sense. But then too, you must be talking about yourself. I bet you are ugly too. Take your drunk, high, crackhead acting azz back to sleep.

      R.I.P. Mr. Gary Coleman, you will truly be missed.

      • Monie

        You are a lame!

  • TruthSpeaks

    God bless Gary Coleman may he finally rest in peace.

    Jh and david that is so rude and I’m sure you both should know never speak ill of the dead.

  • Andrea

    He will be sadly missed especially for different stroks what chut you say willis.And I also liked him in Martin Lawrence Martin were he play the big man that Martin scared of and when you look its a little man. My sympathy goes out to the family and friends.You just have to be strong and you are in my pray

  • carmen

    My condolences go out the family of Gary Coleman, and all who grieve for his passing. to the one who made the filthy remark…that just shows what your made of…just what you said.

  • http://Yahoo.com Clarissa

    Sorry to hear about Gary Colman My husband and I enjoyed the antics on the show. He will be missed Everyone is a unique comidian and he was no acception.

  • Duncan

    Rest in Peace Mr.Coleman you will be forever misssed Brah….You are the Greatest Child Star Ever!!! 1 love….

  • http://yahoo.com john masnari

    WELL,…HERE WE GO!!!HOLLYWOOD MEDIA PEOPLE LIKE “TMZ” AND THE LIKES OF THEM!!! THEY PUT THIS STUFF ON LIKE THEY CARE!! JUST LIKE M. JACKSON. THEY FOLLOW STARS AROUND AND SHOW ALL THEIR FAULTS AND THEY JUST “LOVE” WHEN THEY FAIL!!!THEY KICK’EM WHEN THEY’RE DOWN!!! THEY WERE SHOWING POOR GARY THAT WENT FROM THE TELE. TO UTTER DISGRACE AND LOVED SHOWING HIM HAVING TO WORK JOBS LIKE PARKING CARS IN DENVER AND LAUGHING AT HIM!!!!IT’S UNBELIEVABLE JUST HOW LAME HOLLYWOOD MEDIA FOLKS CAN BE!! THEY LOVE TO CATCH’EM IN BAD MOMENTS AND SHOW EVERYBODY! COME ON HOLLYWOOD—SAY IT!!!”HE’LL BE MISSED”! YOU ALL DESERVE ASS HOLE CANCER!!

    • lesley

      hey its the media you know how that is gary like any other actor has their fans who stand behind them no matter what,relax every1 still loves gary

  • lilplace

    Love u Gary! RIP

  • lilplace

    Love u Todd! U may be the last one from the show, but u r not a lone. God bless u keep yo head up!

  • Sis. H. Hoskins

    May God be with the family

  • lesley

    loved the show keep your head up todd,rest in peace gary

  • cindy

    for ALL the negative things being said ABOUT GARY….SOME OF YOU NEED TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND ASK YOURSELF AM I PERFECT?, I AM SURE YOU’RE NOT !! …. SO ONCE AGAIN, GARY, MAY YOUR SOUL RIP…my friend….

  • Sis. H. Hoskins

    My deeply condolences go to the Gary Coleman’s family.I pray during Gary’s peacful resting moment in a comma, that God ministerd new life to him.If his wife done any harm to him, God will deal with her. Only God giveth and only God taketh away, in good ways. I love watching Different Strokes, exspecially when Gary would stick out his little lips and put both of his hands on his hip and say!!! WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT WILLIS!. I though he was the cutest boy ever. He will be truly missed by my familly as well as my self. MAY GOD DEEPLY STRENTHEN THE FAMILY DURING THE LOST OF THEIR LOVED ONE. Rest-in-peace my dear Gary Coleman, again I say Rest-in-peace.

  • http://showbiz.com Jae

    Gary your fans will miss you. You were a fantastic and versatile actor. I will always remember you as being a funny and genuine person. You had a hard time as a child actor and later as an adult, but you never gave up on life. Diff’rent Strokes was one of my favorite shows as a child. Todd, stay strong and your fans are in your corner. All the kids on Diff’rent Strokes had dysfunctional families and were used by the powers that be. However, I will always remember Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman young innocence on the show. God bless them all.

  • teka brooks

    I so will miss Gary. Peace finally. This man had some ups and what I saw through media more downs. We all are humans just trying to make our way through life the best way we feel we can. May you RIP Gary. You will never be forgotten.

  • miangle

    Gary you are at peace in pardise. God needed a special precious gardian angel to watch over everyone on earth.Watch over Todd and his children and all the people and animals that are suffering in this world Heaven is warm and happy earth is sad and cold. You are with Dana Plato and her son we will all be together one day. Grew up watching Different Strokes

  • Dispatch

    Tribute??? How pathetic! Where the hell were they when he was begging for money on the radio? He’s been on the balls of his ass for decades. A ‘D’-list actor as was said about him. He died broke. What a joke. Just like Corey Haim, his so called friends, “Too little…. too late”.

    • Tracy Terry

      well, at least one other realist on this forum

  • LeVon Townsend

    So very sad that the little Big Man has left us. He left his mark and now he must rest. Thank God for the memories “WHAT YOU TALK’N ‘BOUT WLLIS” Our heartflt sympathy to his family

    • Tracy Terry

      i never liked that show

  • jh

    gary, you lived a short life. bridges should be next..he isnt worth shit either

  • jh

    Get well soon Gary

  • Moses

    I agree, it is really sad the way the media likes to show when stars are down. Those who have retired who now live normal lives are never featured, while those who suffer are. I really felt sad for Gary; he lived in a world where people still looked upon him as being a comic child when in reality he was a grown man. I pray he is in a better place now; one where people are not laughing at or with him, but repecting him for who he truly is. I always felt his hurt came through. God have mercy upon him.

    • Tracy Terry

      i didn’t know he had so many fans. where were you all when he needed you? Cripes, maybe he could have finagled a new series, but you’re all so busy watching 90210 and stuff like th- … wait… i like that show… never mind

  • melissa Stout

    Gary, you’ll be missed by many. Thanks for giving us many laughs and joy. May you rest in peace now. Keep smiling down at us. As usual there is the ignorant people full of slams and negatives;as you know, they’re just jealous! My sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

  • kim

    This is to his true family and, true friends.
    Gary would like for you to keep on doing what you were doing. He maybe gone but, he will always be in your hearts forever.
    He will always have a part in myself as I grew up watching
    Different Strokes. Being in the public eye is never easy.
    REST IN PEACE GARY

  • http://showbizspy mina

    Goodbye Gary you lived your life as you saw fit. we make mistakes and we learn from them, but sometimes to late.
    May you rest in peace.

  • Jeff M.

    LET ME START BY SAYING THAT GARY COLEMAN WAS ONE OF THE BEST. AND NOW THAT HE IS GONE . EVERYONE IS SAYING HOW SORRY THEY FEEL. WHEN HE WAS A LIVE STUPID ASS SHOW’S LIKE TMZ ASSHOLE’S ,THE INSIDER AND THE REST DID EVERYTHING TO MAKE LIFE HARD FOR HIM. I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW THESE SHOW’S CAN BE ON THE AIR . LET’S START LOOKING AT THESE SHOW’S FOR THE BULLSHIT THEY PUT OUT THERE.IF THAT ASSHOLE ON TMZ WANT’S TO SUCK ON SOMETHING . EVERYONE HAS THERE UP’S AND DOWN’S .WE WILL ALL MISS YOU GARY COLEMAN. YOU MADE THE WORLD A GREAT DEAL BETTER. GOD BLESS YOU. AND THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR LIVES.

  • Paul

    Tracy, don’t know who you are but I feel sorry for you if this is how you view and value people, life and death.

  • Nate Brunson

    This is a very sad moment for all of us that love and miss you brother. Now you’re safe and at total peace from all of this madness, hatefulness, and even some of the mean-spirited comments on here that are just heartless. Remember, YOU will be taking your last breath one day. It may be sudden or drawn out in agonizing pain. Who will be at your bedside and what will you be remembered for. Remember what you say or do will prophetically come back to you.

  • michael

    tracy just remember this what goes around comes around,watch out crossing the street u never know,if u dont have something nice to say shut the f#$%^up,i hope u dont have kids if u do i feel sorry 4them,u have a great day oh yeah watch ur back u never know….bye

  • michael

    gray rest in peace………..

  • Gary

    The article is not entirely accurate–Janet Jackson did not just make “a guest appearance” on DS, she was a recurring character for a few seasons.

  • alice oglesby

    RIP Gary I know your reating in the arms of God and his angels.I watched the show for quite a time. I wondered how his wifes family sounded so flip about his passing , losing Gary was devastating,My Prayers are with you dear one.
    I pray that his wifes family realizes he was a wonderful Loving compassionate man and he deserved so much more thn the way his wifes brother spoke.Those of us who remain will keep Gary alive in our hearts, i knowi will.
    REST WITH THE ANGELS GARY!!!!! YOUR HOME NOW WE LOVE YOU DEAR ONE!!!!!

  • Kenny

    Gary was just playing out the hand life dealt him. He was an excellent child star who provided the “normal” people in this world great moments of humor and entertainment.
    He also was a victim of his own success and obvious health issues. Thanks Gary for the great memories!
    As for the sick comments made by the intellectual midgets: A day will come in your life when you look back at your twisted comments. And when you then realize the more you know the more you know….. the more you don’t know. It will be too late. And when your space here on earth has been replaced by a vacuum, our world will finally be a better place.

  • Simon

    His wife turned off the life support. After a ‘fall’ at his home. The same wife he was having headline issues with just a few months ago. Hummmmm….

  • JeeJeeGirl

    Shannon did not give a sh*t about him. I bet she was only too happy to tell the doctors to pull the plug.

  • http://Yahoo.com Potty Mouth

    Gary Coleman bumps into Tattoo from Fantasy Island.Tattoo tells,”Eh,Gary,it could be worse,How would you like to hear LOOK, DEE PLANE , DEE PLANE !!!!!, for Eternity.”

    • Big Caca

      lol!

  • rodney brosky

    why did she have the plug pulled so fast -that tells me she did it and she will burn in hell for it -i think they better look into it -take care of gary for us god i think he had a very hard life – and he did make alot of us very happy

  • rodney brosky

    you should pray not have bad things to say life is to short not to -ty

  • rodney brosky

    love everyone bye

  • William Otis Bridges

    “In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief!”

    May God bless your memory, your family and your fans! Rest in peace, my friend!

  • http://yahoo mbafan gbum-akula

    I guess now you can be a real angel, like when you played a guiding angel in “the kid with the broken Halo”with Kim Fields.. Was also a different strokes fan. Miss u.. RIP

    • blockqueen

      TRacy Terry go stick a broomstick up your ass and get a life.

  • http://yahoo.com Tracy Terry

    Tracy Terry is a c_ _ _ t

  • Brian Ahlemier

    I’m not religous but the ultimate payment for any sin is DEATH.. You can’t do anything to this guy except hurt his reputation which only last as long a people bring it up. This guy deserves and has earned the right to Rest in Peace. He may have had some evil moments in life and distress other individuals but You can’t physically hurt him. But if it makes YOU feel better to bad mouth him or talk ill will of him go ahead.

  • http://yahoo.com Tracy Terry

    jh is turd for his comments about Gary Coleman.

  • StormyWeather

    Why do some people “trash” a person when they die? I think it very cowardly as the dead can’t speak for them selfs and it really isn’t any of our business! I would never use the language used in some of these comments or say some of the rude comments said here. Lord, please forgive them of their ignorance!

  • Dsham

    An absolute tragedy is the death of Gary Coleman. I grew-up laughing to “Differnt Strokes” like millions of others at that time. It’s a shame to hear the mean spirited comments from some when they heard the news of his death. You would think that those people would know to watch there tongues when they speak of those who have passed on. If you didn’t like the man, don’t comment at all! Anyhow, REST IN PEACE GARY, WE LOVE YOU,MAN and I’m sure I speak for millions when I say, YOU’LL BE MISSED!!!

  • Kelly

    I pray for Gary that he rest in peace… That his family have comfort… for Todd B… that he continue to be strong and on the right path… God is will you all…

  • http://yahoo cindy

    My hearfelt thoughts and prayers go out to garys wife and family.May God give you solice as you go threw this difficult time.

  • http://yahoo.com Scott Haynes

    God bless your Garu Coleman from Calhoun Ga. I grew up with the show,im only three years older. Hollywood needs to find God & Jesus Christ . Tv and movies are not worth watching any more. Why i watch TV land & RTV

  • scot

    what choo talkin bout god ? rip gary

  • http://yahoo FO

    People are cruel. I wonder how callous people are but then again such is life. The good thing is what goes around comes around. You may not pay the price in this present world but your generation to come.The united states is the most hated country in the world thanks to some wicked race that think they are high and mighty and play God’s role.How can you not feel sorry for a dead man?I see ppl rot before they die because of the debt they owe due to slavery and they pay the price before they die. If u don’t have any compassion for the dead then pls keep ur wicked and ignorant opinion to urself. I hope that the wrath of God falls upon all the wicked ppl making negative statements about Gary Coleman.I hope he haunts u and ur entire family forever and i wish u unhapiness for as long as u breath stupid SOB.RIP Gary! You are loved and above all God loves you.There is no love greater than God’s love.

  • Morningwoody

    Bridges’ is a COKE HEAD. Boo and Shame.

  • http://showbizspy.com Oruada

    RIP!!! Gary i grow up watching different strokes and Gary was the funniest young guy in any TV programme in those days. we love you but God love’s you more R>I>P.

  • Nate Dog

    Gary was my age, he went through alot as did dana and todd from different strokes (and many child stars have and do)
    I watched him in my teens and he made me laugh and the show made you think about life’s turn of events and how things can be for some.
    Gasy and Dana are in peace and pain free now and I send my blessing with todd to keep on doing good!

    RIP~

  • Jillian

    JH and Tracey Terry,

    Since you’re obviously anxious for attention, here’s a bit of attention grabbing truth for you.

    I’m sure that one of the dozens of men who’ve slept with your mothers sure wishes he’d left your slimy self in the alley where you were conceived.

  • December

    Well said Jillian, Rest In Peace Gary, you are in a much better place now, and you now can look down on ALL of US with a heavenly smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  • Greg

    Laughter cures our sadness. We should watch an episode of Diifferent Strokes and remember how much sadness Gary and the rest of the cast healed our daily lives. Peace be yours Gary.

  • http://YAHOO TRACY TERRY

    WILL HE BE SMOKING CRACK WITH THE DAD FROM ‘ALF’ SHOW? just wondering……………………

  • http://YAHOO TRACY TERRY

    or RICK JAMES?

  • http://yahoo george penazer

    drop dead terry,IM FAT……….

  • I stink like shit

    i think Gary is in heaven, but they had to let him in – he couldn’t reach the doorknob

  • Crap-eater

    Stop making fun of that little munchkin!

  • http://goodddees2010@live.com peaches

    RIP GARY COLEMAN KNOW ONE ONE KNOWS HOW AN WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE THIS WORLD THE LORD HAS THE FIRST AND THE LAST LAST SAY

  • http://yahoo george penazer

    terry stinks like shit”””””””’

  • http://yahoo george penazer

    IM SMART

  • http://yahoo george penazer

    IM SMART………………………..

  • http://yahoo george penazer

    TRACEY TERRY is a dick…………………………

  • mike lynch

    May Gary rest in peace and find salvation. He appeared to be a genuine and respectful person. May his soul rest in peace!

  • wonton

    I will always remember Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson of Different Strokes. I guess I know what it’s like to be a celebrity if you will you have to deal with so many issues that come with it. I guess it’s how you handle things especially if there are things written aor said not true about you.

  • Edna George

    Praying for his family and friends. May God give them comfort. Gary will be miss and remember most of being Arnold.

  • Truth

    Gary Coleman was an enjoyable actor who had a rough ride. But give me a friggen break on this tribute. Boo f’ing hoo Hollywood, the media and his celebrity friends miss him? What a load of crap. Y you didn’t miss him when he was down on his luck and needed money, did you offer a helping hand? No! I am so sick of these fake ass celebrities and the media riding off a tragedy, when they never cared to begin with. Could you imagine what it would be like to be friends with these people? It would be the most shallow loneliest experience in life. These people do not deserve the admiration they are getting for their tears over Gary Coleman or any other fallen star. The do deserve to be seen for what they really are, a pack of lying, gold digging, take any opportunity and make it their own shallow self absorbed boring no personality puppets. RIP Gary Coleman, you may not have had it all, but at least you tried and you were who you really are!

  • Tracy Terry

    was Gary in ‘The Wizard of Oz’?

  • Brandon Terry

    We sit here in judgement, throw rocks, and ridicule people when the house you are living in happens to be glass…Tracy and JH remember it was Gary today but could be your mother, your father, or your children tomorrow…we seem to forget that the words we say can damage a person character, reputation, and future but hey not Gary’s he paved the way and set the stage for many other insiring actors and while you are bashing one of the greatest child actors in history can you please tell me what TV sitcom you were in…stop being jealous and get a life and pray they dont push up daisies for your family members tomorrow..

    • Tracy Terry

      ok, i sorry. me go now. ugh

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