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?”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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