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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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91.

kimball     

There is nothing fishy about Coleman's death. The medical professionals would not have let that girl pull the plug if it were not medically ethical. She does seem immature and naive but that explains why she married him.

1502 days ago
92.

Tarzan    

I think what is inappropriate is the public passing judgement on a very private matter regarding Gary Coleman's passing. It's none of our business!!! Simply because he was a "celebrity" does not give us a license to challenge his wife's very difficult decision, especially in view of the police's clearance of any wrong doing. Some of us need to get a life!!!

1502 days ago
93.

net    

I'm sure the hospital did brain death criteria before allowing this action, my question is.....why would an "ex" spouse be allowed, legally to be "next of kin"...even though he and his parent's had a troubled relationship, legally....hand's down....they are "next of kin".....unless they revoked their right's....I feel sure all was done legally,, the "ex" has alway's been unitelligant, and Coleman (per media)...had no money...barely made his own bill's.....RIP
shame on you TMZ....exploiting the mentally challenged!!!

1502 days ago
94.

ComeOn    

Seriously folks can you blame her?

1502 days ago
95.

dave    

I think she murdered him. She looks like the murdering type. Definitely!

1502 days ago
96.

Jack    

Money grubbing????? Mr. Coleman was a security guard, among other jobs, and far from having real money. She was right...Not politically correct for Libs who to pretend facts should fit their dreams...She should have left other people out of it because it is their choice as to action to take...That's where I have a problem with her...KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, LADY!

1502 days ago
97.

go read a book    

people are commenting without knowing the whole truth...
some talking about IQ's,self acclaimed intellects!
LOL...
go read a book...and let her deal with her issues
R.I.P Mr.Coleman

1502 days ago
98.

angelina     

some of you people are just NASTY. he may not have had the best life, but that's no reason to be an ******* and call him names. grow up. rest in peace, gary!

1502 days ago
99.

Mary    

Gary was on life support and must have been tested via EEG and other radiological/physiological data as to his ability to recover or his ex-wife would not have been allowed to make this decision to take him off. However, what is disconcerting is that an EX wife who was apparently unrelated to him, was allowed to make this decision, especially if she did not have the adequate intelligence quotient to make a clear intellelectual decision or one that would clearly benefit him. It is often very clear when a brain bleed will create enough damage to vegetate a person, but look at Rocker Bret who recovered. Always a miracle. Looking at the presented evidence it all looks a little fishy. I am not sure she had the legal authority or the intelligence to make this decision for Gary's life.

1502 days ago
100.

anita    

i just hope that poor mr coleman can find the peace up in heaven that he could not find on this earth he had a hard life

1502 days ago
101.

Laura    

His Ex wife is a liar

1502 days ago
102.

SherryMOwings    

Shannon Price does not impress me as the brightest bulb in the box, she is obviously not intelligent and has no idea how to conduct herself with the media...that being said, her comment about what her ex-hub did for her was "he bought me a car"...come on...I think the media should leave her alone. The poor thing is just bless her...stupid.

1502 days ago
103.

Spike    

In my opinion, that was a little early to take him off life support. We have to do a battery of test before we can withdraw life support on a case like this, and that itself take a few days. I have questioned this from the beginning.



The chewing gum spokesperson for the hospital was a true professional, she did not seem to give a crap one way or the other in releasing information. you are a disgrace to that hospital, and it make you wonder if anyone there are qualified professionals.

1502 days ago
104.

kim    

I heard that the decision to remove him from life support was not hers. He had signed some kind of life order (I don not remember what it is called). So it was not her decision.

1502 days ago
105.

nick    

Give us a break, the guy died taking an over dose.

1502 days ago
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