From the daily archives: Friday, May 28, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (CBS) ―Gary Coleman, the actor known for the famous line, “What’chu talkin’ about Willis?” on the classic sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has passed away, CBS 2 has learned.

Coleman died at approximately 12:05 p.m. Mountain. Standard Time at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, the hospital said. Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated.

Earlier Friday, he was placed on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home on Wednesday.

Coleman’s family in a statement urged fans to pray for the 42-year-old actor, who was taken to a Utah hospital on Thursday. He suffered the hemorrhage Wednesday evening at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Friday released the statement on behalf of Coleman’s family. It says Coleman’s condition worsened on Thursday and he slipped into unconsciousness.

The statement said the actor has not had any surgery because of his condition.

Coleman has lived in Utah since 2005. He’s best known for his stint as “Arnold Jackson” on TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes,” which aired from 1978 to 1986.

In February, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of “The Insider.”

Coleman has had two failed kidney transplants and been plagued by various health problems.

Coleman has lived in Utah since 2005, when he came here to star in the movie “Church Ball,” a comedy based on basketball leagues formed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He met his wife, Shannon Price, on the movie set and married her in 2007.

Coleman has had a string of financial and legal problems, in addition to continuing ill health from the kidney disease he suffered as a child. Coleman has had at least two kidney transplants and has ongoing dialysis.

Last fall, Coleman had heart surgery that was complicated by pneumonia, his attorney Randy Kester has said.

In February, Coleman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to an April 2009 domestic violence incident at his home


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all eligible Imperial County agencies, California agencies and nonprofit organizations know June 2 is the deadline for filing for federal and state disaster assistance related to the earthquake that shook the Imperial Valley on April 4.

“Filing a request for public assistance is the first step to securing earthquake recovery funds,” said Filner.  “All agencies and nonprofits must get their requests for recovery assistance in before the June 2nd deadline.”

The federal public assistance funds are available to eligible Imperial County applicants as part of the May 7, 2010 presidential disaster declaration following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. State public assistance funds were authorized by Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of Emergency Proclamation on April 5, 2010. It was initially estimated there were $91.3 million in damages in Imperial County.

Agencies cannot receive reimbursement without first submitting the Request for Public Assistance before the deadline.  Agencies and nonprofits seeking the forms and more information on the Public Assistance program and a contact person can call Cal EMA at 626-431-3290 or 626-431-3704.

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