After being hospitalized on Wednesday, Gary Coleman is now on life support and unconscious, according to The Associated Press. He reportedly fell and suffered from an intracranial hemorrhage at his home outside of Salt Lake City.
In a statement to E! Online Coleman’s manager, John Alcantar, said that right now the actor needs “thoughts and prayers” from his fans after his condition took a turn for the worse. After initially going to a local hospital for treatment on Wednesday, Coleman had been transferred to the ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for further tests and treatment.
“As of mid-morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid,” Alcantar explained. “By early afternoon, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened. … We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon, Mountain Time, on May 27, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support.”
The statement from his manager says that despite his recent health scares and personal issues, the “Diff’rent Strokes” star “always has had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years. At this critical moment, we can only ask for your thoughts and prayers for Gary to make a speedy and full recovery.”
A rep for Coleman had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment by press time.
Coleman, who first became famous for playing Arnold Drummond on the TV series “Diff’rent Strokes,” also has a congenital kidney disease and receives frequent dialysis. Coleman had heart surgery last fall that became complicated by pneumonia, his attorney Randy Kester told the AP.
Coleman has lived in Utah since 2005, when he moved there to star in a comic film called “Church Ball,” which is based on the basketball leagues formed by Mormons. Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price, met on the set of the film and married in 2007.
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