Flickr photo by dno1967After 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".