Gary Coleman, Wife Were Divorced

So did she have the authority to pull the plug?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 6:48 PM CDT
Gary Coleman, Wife Were Divorced
A 2008 photo of Gary Coleman and Shannon Price.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Weird twist in the Gary Coleman death: Entertainment Tonight reports that Coleman and his wife had actually divorced in 2008. Which raises the question: Did Shannon Price have the legal authority to pull the plug? Meanwhile, transcripts of the 911 call she made show that Price was not all that enthused about helping him out because she was too freaked out by the blood, reports People. TMZ has an audio clip here.

"He just got home, I heard this big bang, I went downstairs. Blood everywhere," she says. "I don't know if he's okay. I'm not down there right now because I have a fever, if I get stressed out I'm going to faint." Asked if anyone else could help, Price says no. "I've just been kind of sick. I don't want to be traumatized right now." Eventually, however, she goes downstairs and gives an apparently conscious Coleman a towel to hold to his head. "I'm just panicked. I don't know what to do," she says. "I just don’t want him to die." (Read more Gary Coleman stories.)

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