According to online reports, Gary Coleman was divorced from Shannon Price when she gave doctors the authority to remove him from life support on May 28th.

The 42-year-old actor had suffered a serious head injury from a fall in his kitchen two days earlier.

In a 911 call placed from his home by his ex-wife, Gary could be heard in the background asking "what's wrong?" Coleman was later diagnosed with intracranial bleeding and his condition worsened over the next 48 hours.

Price originally told the hospital that she was Coleman's wife, but court documents prove that Coleman's divorce from Price was finalized on August 12, 2008. Still, the couple continued to live together in his Utah home.

And, according to Eonline, even if Price lied about her marital status, she had the legal right to make the decision to pull the plug because Coleman had previously named her in his advanced directive (living will).

"Mr. Coleman had completed an Advanced Health Care Directive that granted Shannon Price permission to make medical decisions on his behalf if he was unable to do so," reads a statement released by Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to E! News.

"An Advanced Health Care Directive remains in effect regardless of a patient's marital status, unless modified by the patient. It is a private medical document which the hospital does not have permission to release. However, we received permission to confirm that the document was in effect at the time of Mr. Coleman's death."

No other information is available due to federal privacy statutes.

It's important to note that Price did not kill Coleman by pulling the plug -- he was already brain dead by the time he was removed from life support.

Doctors had already independently confirmed that there was no electrical activity in Coleman's brain for 24 hours before pulling the plug. Additionally, doctors were confident that if he was removed from life support, his brain function alone could not sustain life.

  • TSRBenz

    i am officially over this story let me know if they decide to lock her up

  • STLVixen

    There is something not so right about all of this. I am going to reserve my judgment, though, until more facts come out. Are the police investigating this?

  • KrayZKat

    I have a sneaking suspicion that no investigation will take place. According to the document, she had every right to make that decision. To me, however, something is seriously askew. We shall see.

  • diademe

    I'm sure she just did what anybody else would have done if they were put in that position..

  • yvonne79

    Good Morning all! Today is my mommy's birthday :cheer:

    Question: If I divorced someone two years prior, I wouldn't leave them in charge of my health in the event I'm in the hospital. Especially if it wasn't an amicable split. Yet, this story still doesn't sit well with me and I doubt there will be an investigation.

  • LaTechGrad02

    Just a tragic story all around. Didn't she say that she couldn't drive him to the hospital because she was prone to seizures? Craziness.

    Happy Birthday to your mother, yvonne!

  • Sandra Rose

    LaTechGrad02 says:

    Just a tragic story all around. Didn’t she say that she couldn’t drive him to the hospital because she was prone to seizures? Craziness.


    She was probably lying. She sounds like a malignant narcissist who only care about themselves. Listen to how many times she refers to herself and her problems during the 911 call. Count how many times she says "I", "I'm", "my" or "me" during the call. She actually sounds annoyed when the dispatcher asks her to help Gary. Malignant narcissists are pathologically devoid of empathy or compassion for others. They only care about how a situation affects them. Notice how she talks about Gary's "blood everywhere" and about how his bleeding affects her? When the dispatcher forces her to get a towel for Gary, she responds, "I'll see if I can find one." Normal, healthy people show compassion for others.

  • sunnyshynef

    Sandra, does anyone know if he was an organ donor?

  • yvonne79

    @LaTechGrad02: Thank you very much!!!

  • Kat

    I'm wondering how did he fall....and she was so calm on the phone. Something just isn't right about this situation. I'd be distraught if my loved one was laying in a pool of blood.

  • Jessie

    I don't see anything suspicious about her pulling the plug. When the brain is dead it's time to let go. But, her not wanting to help him when she was talking to the 9-1-1 operator is just beyond narcissistic. If someone I care enough about to be living under the same roof were in that type of distress, I would forget about myself and seek to help them. She probably didn't kill him, but she sure didn't care anything about him.

  • Sandra Rose

    sunnyshynef says:

    Sandra, does anyone know if he was an organ donor?


    He was on dialysis and he had many health issues. So, probably not.

  • Sandra Rose

    Kat says:

    I’m wondering how did he fall…


    It sounds like he had a seizure and fell. You can hear him on the 911 tape asking "what's wrong?" as if he didn't remember falling and hitting his head. Also, he had just gotten back from dialysis and was probably lightheaded.

  • missy

    @yvonne Happy b'day to you mother

    :happybirthday: :partyhat: ...


    i just got done listening to the 911 call ...she didn;t give a sh*t abt him .....hell vomit makes me weak but if my loved ones needs me i will be helpn an gagging ...but im gonna be there, damnit!...see if i can find a towel , wtf ???

  • jazi65

    She lied to the hospital about being his wife..and IMO too quick to pull the plug.

    Considering their violent history & that 911 tape I hope the police conduct an investigation.

  • lacountrygirl

    This is EXACTLY why I did my advanced healthcare directive as soon as I split with me ex. I even listed what to do in certain situations such as being badly burned or in a vegatative state. Gary should have removed that little ms. buckteeth with all the drama they had.

  • Nika405

    It seems as if Gary was estranged from his parents and he and his ex were still living together. So if that were the case he knew if something happed to him she would be making the decisions. When it comes to deciding that it's time to remove life or not even continue the basic treatments you have to respect the person's wishes. My dad made it very clear he never wanted to be kept alive if it came down to it. When the time came I respected his DNR order and let him was not pretty or easy but he was clear about what he wanted.

  • militaryspouse1

    I can understand pulling the plug, I had to do that for my fatber, but it seems as though she didn't cause it to happen, but she not trippin over it either, like she just really could care less if he died. All she cares about is her self. Makes me wonder if she was still with him for financial reasons

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  • Anna

    Nika405 says:

    It seems as if Gary was estranged from his parents and he and his ex were still living together. So if that were the case he knew if something happed to him she would be making the decisions.
    We never saw him pictured with anyone other than his wife/ex wife. Who else would he trust to make such a decision, he didn't trust his own parents.

  • MissGauzzz

    @ sunny... organ donar??! sick as he was... i would seriously doubt if his organs could be harvested. i agree with sandra. my mom is on dialysis and it wipes her out! it's a bad scene to have to live like that.

    at this point they need to let this dude RIP. he had a hard life now i pray he is at peace.

  • mirsmommy

    Good morning.

    I still think she pushed him. :coffee:

    :happybirthday: to your Mommy Yvonne.

  • attorneymom

    Why didn't Shannon Price allow Gary Coleman's adopted parents or other family members to say their goodbyes before she pulled the plug? What was the rush? I know they were estranged but I would have allowed them to have closure.

  • MS.G

    @mirsmommy....i'm with you...i heard the recording this a.m....something just isn't adding up! not only that, but she didn't even give him a chance to try and recover before she pulled the plug! Only God can determine what the final outcome is....She plugged the plug before Jesus got the news!

  • TheRealAshland

    I am mad she plugged the plug. She had no legal right to what so ever. The 911 tape sounds so fishy.

  • mzvirgo78

    RIP Gary.

    :offtopic: I just heard that Elle of V103 will be joining the Frank and Wanda morning show. Did she get demoted? Who's gonna take over middays?

  • Val