May 28th, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Stars tweet condolences for Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

As news spreads of actor Gary Coleman’s death, various celebs, from Nick Cannon to "The Hills" star Audrina Patridge,  have taken to Twitter to extend their condolences.

Actress Soleil Moon Frye, herself a child star on the '80s show “Punky Brewster,” sent an “R.I.P.” tweet for Coleman Friday. So did "Who's the Boss" actress Alyssa Milano, another performer who grew up in the spotlight.

Singer Katy Perry retweeted a condolence for Coleman as well, along with the hashtag, "#whatchutalkinboutwillis," which comes from the "Diff'rent Strokes" remark that Coleman turned into a catchphrase.

"House" actor Omar Epps echoed the sentiment of '70s babies everywhere when he tweeted, “RIP Gary Coleman You're forever a part of my childhood! Godspeed!" Former “Dollhouse” star Eliza Dushku tweeted @cnnbrk’s alert of Coleman’s death, “Bless & rest his soul.”

Former "Idol" judge Paula Abdul tweeted, "I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Gary Coleman. my heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family," and for those who may be too young to remember Coleman’s famed role on “Diff’rent Strokes,” Ryan Seacrest tweeted some help.

“If gary was before ur time or u just want to reminisce, here's some of his best work:,” the “Idol” host wrote.

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  1. frank in iowa

    we lost a good actor and a good person when gary coleman died i wish some big actor or director would establish a memorial fund in gary colemans name to help actors that are having a hard time finding work and have no money anymore to help pay their bills until they find work or go back to school to learn a different trade if we can send billions of dollars to iraq then we sure can do this come on hollywood help your own people and also give gary coleman the biggest send off you can give him he desserves it.whatyoutalkenabouthollywood. god bless you gary coleman and r.i.p.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |

    may the good lord bleass Gary.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon

    I hope Gary can get the rest and peace after departing from the earthly life. I wished he could have been able to get or find more acting gigs or had been able to expand his show biz career. He could have done some directing or been a founder of an acting company etc. Since the show "Different Strokes" went off the air, maybe Gary could have also went to college and earn a degree and learned some new skills to fall back on if the acting career no longer was effective for him. Once again, rest in peace Gary.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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    May 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. debra

    Rest in peace. You gave us much joy and laughter. I am only sorry your earth life was so difficult....

    May 29, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. billy

    RIP Gary Coleman

    May 29, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    gary was greatest man . i love to watching differnt stokes all the time but i cant belive that hes gone i was very shocked . but he really worked hard gary was a man of many smiles gary will be missed and loved by us all r.i.p. rest his soul hes in good hands now

    May 29, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    i grew up watching diffrent stokes too he was a good actor to my eyes so the good lord has decided for him to come home god bless him hes been thru alot but he still kept his head up high and smiled . r.i.p. gary we love ya

    May 29, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. lauratj

    So sorry–he will be remembered–peace to all his family. Peace to you Gary Coleman I hope your passing over was a smooth ride-

    May 29, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kid at heart

    I was very sad to read that Gary Coleman died. I really felt like crying. I'm a grandmother now, but I was a teenager when I used to watch him on tv. He was on on the Jeffersons as George's nephew. Very funny episode! I loved him as Arnold. He made me laugh and also cry on that show. My grown daughter also enjoyed watching Different Strokes. He was a good dramatic actor as well. I saw him in a couple movies, one playing an angel and another playing a young kid smart enough for college. I feel bad now that I never sent him a fan letter especially in his later years when he probably needed it most. I mourn his passing and also rejoice that he is with our Lord. Rest in peace Gary Coleman. As a side note: I am very interested in the wonderful organization "A Minor Consideration" founded by child actor Paul Petersen. check out the website

    May 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sadheart

    OMG stunned to hear of his death so young, loved his show , my children watched him ( Arnold ) Good night. RIP

    May 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leeann

    RIP Gary Coleman we love u and miss u u will never b forgotton I cried hearing about this bcuz I just watched the whole series last night well everynight well now u can go and rest we love u baby mwa!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    TO all the CELEB's ... ONCE again another child star has passed and HE had NO money ! TAKE this opportunity and find a WAY to HELP Gary's family ! he was a friend, as is Todd Bridges of MINE, DO the RIGHT thing, IF U have the time to TWEET, take a few moments of YOUR assistant's time and FIND how to HELP the family out ! THEY are IN UTAH ! ps. Gary, gonna miss ya my friend. Scott in CA

    May 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kid at heart

      Scott, I was also hoping Hollywood will help give him a big $endoff...

      May 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. justin

    R.I.P. gary, life wasn't what you had hoped after strokes but you never gave up on yourself or your dream, your dedication should be a inspiration to all who struggle with thier lives and dreams.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    Gary Coleman was a wonderful human being. I met him once in San Diego, I asked him for and autograph and he just shook his head and laughed. He started to walk away then turned back and said" If you ask me to say Whatutalkinboutwillis" I will scream, so I said to him" whatyoutalkingboutwillis and he just busted up laughing and signed my paper. That was a great moment for me. Although he may have had personal battles to fight both on and off screen, he never gave up his fight. GOD has another angel in his army. I will miss you Gary Coleman and R.I.P.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kid at heart

      Brian that's neat! and a nice memory I'm sure you will always remember!

      May 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stephen

    RIP Mr. Coleman.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. J. Frank Nash

    RIP Gary Coleman, you had a tough go of it, hopefully you can find peace now

    May 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

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