Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Conrad Bain Dead At 89

TV star Conrad Bain, who portrayed the Park Avenue father on the 1978-85 sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes", passed away in his hometown of Livermore, California, on Monday. He was 89.

His daughter, Jennifer Bain, confirmed his death to PEOPLE, and claimed her dad died of natural causes.

"He'd been unconscious for a couple of days, but he was comfortable and it was very peaceful," she told of her dad, who also played the argumentative neighbor on the 1972-78 hit show "Maude". 

"I was able to be with him very close to the end (and) able to put my ear to his heart and sing him songs," his daughter continued.

"My father really was a lot like his character in Diff'rent Strokes," his daughter explained. "He had that warmth and stability. He also was a very intellectual person."

She added: "Dad was proud of his work on that show. And the problems the kids had in their lives later affected him. He felt terrible about it." (Bridges struggled with substance-abuse problems, while Coleman, who had personal and financial problems, died in 2010, at the age of 42.)

"Dad had a kind heart," was quoted as saying Jennifer Bain. "He was an open-hearted man."

Besides his daughter, Bain is survived by a twin brother, Bonar Bain, and three sons. Their mother, Bain's wife Monica, died in 2009.

R.I.P Conrad Bain

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