Gary Coleman dies; guest starred on an episode of The Surreal Life 2

Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, who appeared in an episode of The Surreal Life 2 in 2004, has died at 42. He was in a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage after a fall Wednesday at his house. People has a full obituary.

Gary guest starred in an episode on The WB reality series, when the cast ran Mel’s Drive-In and Gary served as the manager. He fired Vanilla Ice for, among other things, picking him up and threatening to throw him in the deep fryer, and for demanding Gary say, “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

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