I wasn't exactly sobbing when I heard of Gary Coleman's death, but, I was saddened by the way his life played out. Like most child-stars, he lived a kamikaze life after his fame dwindled away. He had multiple run-ins with the law, substance abuse problems, financial hardships and on a number occasions, tried to commit suicide. I am sure he has had many cries for help but the majority of them must not have been answered.
Tragic deaths are always shocking and leave us puzzled. We wonder why did the person have to die. Even as I wrote this entry, a friend of mine called me up in disbelief of Coleman's death. It's a shame that he didn't have people looking out for his best interests when he was a star. If the money he was making as a child was managed correctly, he would have been a millionaire. Instead he ended up on wacky reality shows and doing commercials like this:
Like Biggie said, "More money, more problems".
Let us remember him for the smiles he gave us as the iconic character Arnold Jackson: