July 24, 2010
Cult Tv star Gary Coleman's parents want answers
Gary Coleman's parents, who learned of his death through the media, want answers on how he died...
Diff'rent Strokes' child star Gary Coleman died from an intracranial hemorrhage after having an 'accident' at his Utah home.Vanilla Ice among celebs to attend Gary Coleman memorial. Gary Coleman dead at 42 from brain hemorrhage Gary Coleman's estranged parents learned of the former child star's death in the media and now they want answers on how he died.
"We're not pointing fingers at anyone, but we need to know exactly what happened," Sue Coleman, 67, told People magazine.
For a decade, she and her husband, Willie Coleman, 71, followed their 42-year-old son's life in the media: his marriage, his hospitalization and even his death on Friday.
"We're not angry," she said. "We're just concerned. Did our son fall down the stairs? Did he fall in the bathtub?"
Hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank said there was an "accident" in the actor's Utah home that caused an intracranial hemorrhage. She cited the wishes of Coleman's wife, Shannon Price, 24, and declined to give details.
There is still no official cause of death, but police said it wasn't suspicious.
Coleman, who had a stormy relationship with Price, pleaded guilty to domestic violence in February.
Coleman sued his parents in 1989 for allegedly stealing his fortune, a claim they refuted.
Meanwhile, celebrities continued to mourn the "Diff'rent Strokes" star.
Former rap star Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, told TMZ.com he won't miss Coleman's memorial service because they bonded in 2004 while taping the reality show "The Surreal Life."
"He had such bad luck in life," he said. "I hope he's in a better place."
Other celebrities - John Stamos, Jamie Kennedy, Nick Cannon, Melissa Joan Hart and Paula Abdul - paid tribute to the fallen star via Twitter.
"Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be actors," wrote Stamos.
"I am so sorry to hear the sad news," wrote Abdul. "My heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family."
Ricky Schroeder, a child star of the 1980s sitcom "Silver Spoons," told UsMagazine.com he fondly remembers often crossing paths with Coleman in the old days.
"Gary can now have the peace he found so little of in life," Schroeder said.
We miss you Gary, now go kick the Gooch's ass.