Todd Bridges, Janet Jackson, Other Stars React to Gary Coleman’s Death

Julie Ryan Evans

Gary Coleman and Dana Plato
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After Gary Coleman's death yesterday, Todd Bridges is now the only living Drummond child from the hit show Diff'rent Strokes.

"It's unfortunate," Bridges said in a statement Friday. "It's a sad day. It's sad that I'm the last kid alive from the show."

Sad, indeed. It's hard to believe that the children I grew up with, who I wanted to move in with, are gone, just like that.

Janet Jackson, who played Bridge's girlfriend on the show, also offered her remembrances of Coleman, who died from a brain hemorrhage.

"I'm at a loss for words upon learning of Gary Coleman's passing," Jackson Tweeted. "I want to remember him as the fun, playful, adorable and affectionate man he was. He has left a lasting legacy. I know he is finally at peace."

Jamie Kennedy says Coleman was his inspiration for entering into show business. He told People about a chance meeting he had with Coleman and what it meant to him.

"[Diff'rent Strokes] was a pop culture phenomenon and here he was guarding my trailer. I remember just looking at him. I used to watch him all the time. I used to recite all his lines. He was one of the reasons I wanted to get into Hollywood."  

Tweets from celebrities remembering Coleman continue to fly. One of my favorites is from Blink-182 member 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."

John Stamos issued this warning: "mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be ... actors. r.i.p. gary".

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