TV star Gary Coleman ‘critically ill’ in hospital

Former child TV star Gary Coleman is critically ill in hospital, a spokeswoman has said.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Centre spokeswoman Janet Frank said Coleman, 42, was admitted to the Provo facility on Wednesday.

Coleman lives in Santaquin, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The actor is best known for his stint on TV’s Diff’rent Strokes, which was shown from 1978 to 1986.

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

He has lived in Utah since 2005, when he came 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 film set and married her in 2007.

Ms Price and her father released a statement to KUTV-TV today, saying Coleman was taken to the hospital with “a serious medical problem”.

The statement asked for prayers, adding: “We hope those prayers are answered and that Gary will be able to recover and return home soon.”

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 continuing dialysis.

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