Gary Coleman has slipped into a coma and is on life support in a Salt Lake City hospital, his spokesman says.
Spokesman John Alcantar told KABC that Coleman, 42, suffered severe bleeding in his skull at his home south of Salt Lake City on Wednesday. He was rushed to a hospital and was conscious and lucid by mid- morning Thursday, but by afternoon, his condition worsened and was slipping in and out of consciousness.
ABC News says he suffered intracranial hemorrhage.
The Diff’rent Strokes star has had a history of health problems. He has been battling kidney disease since his childhood, and also had heart surgery last fall.
Coleman, who was hospitalized earlier this year having having a seizure on the set of The Insider, lives in Santaquin, about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Drugs were not a factor in the death of actor Corey Haim. The actor’s mother placed an emergency call after finding him unconscious.
According to a reporter from the Los Angeles county coroner’s office released on May 4, the 1980s heartthrob died of natural causes from a combination of pneumonia, respiratory and heart trouble.
The coroner’s report follows California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s declaration last month that Haim obtained more than 550 prescription pills illegally from numerous doctors in the months before his death.
Haim, 38, obtained prescriptions from seven different doctors who claim they were duped into writing scripts for the troubled actor. Brown said the late actor was a “poster child” for prescription drug abuse and had been “doctor shopping” for pills. The drugs included Valium and Xanax and Vicodin, according to Brown.
Commentary: After all the drugs he had been on for the past few years, we here at i80s kind of think the drugs might have played maybe just a little role in his death.
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