Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hollywood is remembering two of its own this Memorial Day after losing both former child star Gary Coleman and veteran actor Dennis Hopper. Both actors had been suffering from serious health conditions over the past few months. Diff'rent Strokes actor Coleman was removed from life support on Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall. This wasn't the first time he'd made news for his health issues. The 42-year-old suffered a seizure on the set of The Insider in February, and last fall he underwent heart surgery that was complicated by a case of pneumonia. Coleman's young wife Shannon pulled the plug on the 4'8" actor at a Utah hospital after his condition grew dire. Coleman's rep issued the following statement, "We are very sad to have to report Mr. Gary Coleman has passed away as of 12:05 P.M. Mountain Time. He was removed from life support; soon thereafter, he passed quickly and peacefully. By Gary's bedside were his wife and other close family members. Thanks to everyone for their well wishing and support during this tragic time. Now that Gary has passed, we know he will be missed because of all the love and support shown in the past couple of days. Gary is now at peace and his memory will be kept in the hearts of those who were entertained by him throughout the years." Coleman struggled with a dismal career, health and financial woes for most of his career. He never managed to recapture the fame he found on the hit sitcom. He also struggled with kidney disease. While Coleman's passing may have taken people by surprise, Hopper's death was more expected. The 74-year-old character actor, who most recently appeared in the cable series Crash, succumbed to metastatic prostate cancer. Famous for his memorable roles in Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Speed, Hopper appeared in more than 100 films. It wasn't until he became terminally ill last year that he started to slow down in his career. Just three months ago, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sadly, Hopper didn't have much peace in the last days of his life. He was involved in a nasty divorce battle with his estranged fifth wife Victoria Duffy. She has vowed to collect what she believes is hers. That could total as much as 25 percent of his estate, as well as a $250,000 life insurance policy.