Todd Bridges "Sad That I'm the Last Kid Alive" from Diff'rent Strokes
Todd Bridges is the last one standing.
On Friday, the actor spoke briefly to the Associated Press about the death of his Diff'rent Strokes costar Gary Coleman.
"It's unfortunate. It's a sad day...It's sad that I'm the last kid alive from the show."
Back in 1999, Coleman and Bridges' Diff'rent Strokes castmate Dana Plato (she played their adoptive sister Kimberly) died at age 34 of a drug overdose in what was ruled a suicide; she had pled guilty to a robbery charge in 1991. Tragically, earlier this month, Plato's surviving 25-year-old son Tyler Lambert also committed suicide.
Todd Bridges, 45, had his own struggles: he was acquitted in 1989 in the attempted murder of a drug dealer. He has spoken extensively of his depression and drug abuse following the sitcom's 1986 cancellation.
Reportedly clean and sober today, Bridges also Tweeted of his friend Coleman sad death: "don't know what to really think today will have to really pray about this one."
After suffering an intercranial hemorrhage Wednesday, Coleman slipped into a coma on Thursday, and died Friday just past noon in a Provo, Utah hospital, with his wife Shannon Price and other family members by his side. He was 42 years old.
In a statement, Coleman's family acknowledged that the late sitcom star had "difficulties not only with health issues, but also with his personal and public life." (Coleman struggled with kidney disease plus legal and financial woes as an adult.)
"At times it may not have been apparent, but he always had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years," they added.