*Conrad Bain, who played Philip Drummond, a wealthy white widower who adopts two young African-American brothers in the hit sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Monday, according to the Associated Press. He was 89.
Bain died in Livermore, Calif., on Monday, his daughter told the AP, adding that he died of natural causes.
“Diff’rent Strokes” launched Bain, along with his co-stars, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, into stardom, but the series is also remembered for the grim fates that befell the show’s child stars.
Plato, who played Drummond’s daughter Kimberly, died of an overdose in 1999 at age 34 after well-publicized brushes with the law, while Coleman, who died in 2010 at age 42, faced financial difficulties later in life.
Bridges also made headlines due to his crack cocaine addiction and scrapes with the law.
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