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Gary C's Ex: 'He Would've Been Like Muhammad Ali'

6/3/2010 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price is defending her decision to pull the plug on life support because she says she didn't want Gary to be like Muhammad Ali or Terri Schiavo.  The comment is so offensive and wrong, it raises questions ... whether her decision to terminate Gary's life was appropriate.

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TMZ obtained an interview with Price ... shot the day after Gary died.  Among other things, Price blurted out that she's heard speculation that she pushed Gary and that caused him to fall and ultimately hemorrhage.  Price insists she didn't push Gary -- a weird statement, since no one had publicly accused her of that.

Gary fell in his Utah home May 26, hit his head on the floor and suffered an intracranial hemorrhage.  Shannon, who was divorced from Gary, apparently still had authority to terminate life support at the hospital, which she did on May 28 -- he died a short time later.

Police have said there was "nothing suspicious" involving Gary's fall.

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46.

mark    

I think in the issue of gary coleman, it was just right that she pulled the plug. You don't want tubes all over your body, you might be alive but not living...You are just prolonging a persons agony. I used to be a hospice nurse and I totalyl understand Her decision. And to you who commented on her, isn't it selfish enough to keep somebody alive just for your satisfaction? Gary wants to be with the lord our God and I don;t really know what you are thinking. Maybe you have your own idea of living this life. Maybe shoving tubes on your throat, nose and penis would be a pleasurable thing you want to experience and to have this tube for another 10 years.

1413 days ago
47.

tee    

rest in peace gary i always love you on different strokes.

1413 days ago
48.

tee    

rest in peace gary i always love you on different strokes.

1413 days ago
49.

cchelle    

She didn't terminate his life....geez, she terminated life SUPPORT...I know several people that had to make this aweful decision...I have told everyone that has been in my life -NO LIFE SUPPORT, no way, no how. My father had the same desires and I had to uphold his decision which included no feeding tube, nothing. It was very difficult but I know it's what he wanted.
I have a great deal of respect for someone who holds the other's wishes above their own selfish need to keep him'/her alive atrificially because they can't let go.

1413 days ago
50.

jlg    

wow, no wonder there was always fighting and crazy headlines with these two boneheads, i don't see how anybody could sit and listen to this idiot for 2 seconds (just shut your mouth and mourne your husband you dummy!.....) loose lips sink ships retart!

1413 days ago
51.

Tiffany    

On youtube(911 call), u can hear hes voice and she said laid down Gary, and he said whats wrong? Thats sad, she got be behide bars and come out for halloween!

1413 days ago
52.

Jack    

Gary deserved a lot better than he'd got. Just one bad break after a next. He's now in a better place where he's at peace. RIP Gary, we'll miss you! You were a great actor. Always looking forward to Diff'rent Strokes every week to see what laughter you'd bring. As far as Shannon Price - the worst piece of crap, bitch, and not going any further than this since she deserves to called every name in the book.

1413 days ago
53.

nala    

yeah yeah... dont be so hard on you!! COME ON LADY, GOD KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND DOORS BUT YOU SHOULD AT LEASE GIVE HIM CHANCE TO LIVE, GIVE A TRY ATB LEASE ON HIS LIFE, BUT ALL YOU HEARD WAS $$$ IN YOUR EARS.. U DIDNT TOUGHT OF LEAVING HIM ON LIFE SUPPORT
ALITTLE LONGER.YEAH YOU COULD EXCUSE URSELF BUT DEEP INSIDE U DIDNT DO THE RIGHT THING,CAUSE YOU YOUNG AND WANTS TO ENJOY HIS MONEY.... AND TELL WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT DAY..MAYBE SHE IS SCARE HE WOULD TOLD SOMETHING.

1413 days ago
54.

Diane    

yeah, he would have been like Muhammad Ali- Alive

1413 days ago
55.

Pat    

There was no way Gary could have been like Muhammad Ali - no one can be like Ali - he is the greatest.

1413 days ago
56.

Jaquee    

Um, has anyone else thought of something far less controversial? How about the fact that Gary was a TERRIBLY negative and miserable man. He hated life. I am sure during their time together he mentioned to her that if he was ever in that positition, to pull the plug! We all see these kinds of things happen and have the same conversations!
BTW, they both loved eachother even during and after the divorce. I know I couldn't live with someone who was constantly depressed, negative and all "woe is me" all the time. Im sure she realized too that he wouldn't want to be kept alive as a vegtable hooked to a machine for a life he never enjoyed anyway.

1413 days ago
57.

serge    

Why is it that all we hear these days are about people who get offended...everybody gets offended at some point or another..get over it people have become so weak minded

1413 days ago
58.

Pat    

Shawn Bushway - You said it all perfectly.

1413 days ago
59.

Niccole    

Megan fox is an idiot for tattooing a mans name on her hip. she better hope he never leaves her. otherwise, the next man she is with is gunna love to see that. and tattoo removal is rediculously painful.

1413 days ago
60.

toni    

Who really cares!.....he was in the news this past year...being abusive, obnoxious..screaming obscenities..no one has to listen
him anymore...amen

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