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Gary Coleman (February 8, 1968 - May 28, 2010), born in Zion, Illinois, is best known for his portrayal of Arnold Jackson in the sitcom “Diff’rent Srokes” from 1978 to 1986. After the show went off the air, he struggled financially. His diminutive size, even as an adult, was due to an autoimmune kidney disease. He had two kidney transplants which were unsuccessful, and was on daily dialysis. He ran for governor of California in 2003 as a satirical commentary. He admitted that the had attempted to commit suicide twice. He married an actress who was later arrested for domestic violence, and he died after he fell down the stairs at home.

 

 

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