Conrad Bain Dead at 89 Diff'rent Strokes The actor, who played single dad Mr. Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, passed away Monday at his home in Livermore, Calif., of natural causes, according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. He was 89. Todd Bridges, ones of Bain's troubled young costars on the 1978-89 sitcom that was equal parts beloved and notorious, once recalled that the elder actor was more of a father to him than his own biological father was. Gary Coleman: the child star who never had it all On Tuesday, Bridges said he was "deeply saddened" by Bain's death, and noted that he'd been looking forward to celebrating the actor's 90th birthday next month. "In addition to being a positive and supportive father figure both on and off-screen, Conrad was well-loved and made going to work each day enjoyable for all of us," Bridges said in a statement to E! News. "He will be missed, but never forgotten." Bridges, Dana Plato and Gary Coleman, the series' breakout star, each endured much-noted off-screen troubles during and not long after Diff'rent Strokes' run. Plato committed suicide at age 34 in 1999. Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage in 2010. He was 42.
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