*Holly Robinson Peete and Serena Williams are among a number of celebrities expressing sorrow – via Twitter – over the death of Gary Coleman.
“Rest With Angels Gary Coleman xoxo. RIP No more pain,” tweeted “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up Peete.
Williams, who won her French Open match this morning, tweeted, “My heart goes out to Gary Coleman’s FAMILY.”
As previously reported, Coleman was rushed to a hospital after falling and hurting his head earlier this week. The “Diff’rent Strokes” star had been on life support at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center since Thursday.
Gary’s wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this morning, according to TMZ. Family members and close friends were at his bedside when life support was pulled.
He died of an intracranial hemorrhage at 12:05 p.m. MST.
A rep for Coleman released this statement: “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.”
Charlotte Rae — who played Mrs. Garrett on “Diff’rent Strokes” — told TMZ: “I said a prayer for him this morning after hearing about his condition. Gary was so loving, so charming. He was the big star of the show.”
Below are other celeb tweets expressing condolences over Coleman’s death:
• Jamie Kennedy: “Wen [sic] I did BOWFINGER, Gary Coleman was the security guard. A pop icon and here he was a damn security guard. He was humble and sweet. Sad”
• Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus: “I hope that in heaven Gary Coleman finds the peace that eluded him on Earth, and finally discovers what Willis was talking about.”
• Serena Williams: “My heart goes out to Gary Coleman’s FAMILY.”
• Eliza Dushku: “Bless & rest his soul.”
• John Stamos: “mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be actors. r.i.p. gary”
• Lisa Ling: “Goodbye Arnold.”
• Alyssa Milano: “Rest in peace, Gary Coleman.”
• Nicky Hilton: “RIP Gary Coleman”