A tabloid has published graphic photos showing brain dead actor Gary Coleman with his ex-wife Shannon Price leaning over him. Coleman's head is swathed in bandages and a breathing tube from a ventilator machine is inserted in his throat.
The tabloid headline blares "IT WAS MURDER" -- which is interesting considering the tabloid allegedly paid Price $10,000 for the pictures.
Coleman suffered a serious head injury during a fall at his home shortly after leaving a dialysis clinic on May 26. He passed away two days later at a Utah hospital after being removed from life support once doctors determined his brain was no longer functioning.
Price gave doctors permission to turn off a ventilator that was breathing for Coleman and to stop IV nutrition and meds that were keeping him alive.
Price and Coleman were divorced in 2008, but Coleman had previously named her in his living will giving her the authority to make life and death decisions for him.
According to TMZ.com, the hospital staff knew Price and her family were inside the ICU taking pictures of Coleman:
A rep from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center tells us, "We were aware that Shannon and her family were inside taking pictures ... we made notes that the family was taking pictures."
Shannon's rep -- who had previously doubted the existence of the photos -- now tells us, "Shannon and her family did take pictures but they were never meant to get out."
Ever since the news broke about the existence of the pictures, Price and her rep have denied accusations that she is attempting to profit off of Coleman's death.
Photo source: CA