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The little black boy, who drove home anti-racist message, critical


Gary Coleman of Diff’rent Strokes hospitalized

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28th May 2010: The little boy, who had driven home a strong anti-racist message through his lovable gestures in Diff’rent Strokes, is in a critical condition.

Gary Coleman, popularly known as Arnold Jackson after his role, was transported from his home to a surgical ICU.

An American television sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes was aired on the NBC television network from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986.

It was about complete integration and happy family life of a white father-daughter duo and two non-white adopted brothers.

This sitcom starred Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson and Todd Bridges as his older brother, Willis. They played two black children from a poor Harlem neighborhood, whose deceased mother previously worked for a rich white widower, Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain), who eventually adopted them.

They lived in a penthouse with Mr. Drummond, his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), and their maid.

The 42-year-old actor, whose growth was stunted by a congenital kidney defect, has already undergone two kidney transplants. He was in critical condition, after sustaining a head injury during a fall.

It is Coleman’s third hospitalisation this year, after suffering seizures in January and February.

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