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Gary Coleman, wife were divorced, but she had right to pull the plug

Gary coleman and shannon price Uh-oh, here comes another controversy about a celebrity death: According to the Associated Press, Gary Coleman and his wife divorced in 2008, says his attorney, which has some people wondering if she had legal right to discontinue his life support late last week.

Coleman died from a brain hemorrhage Friday, two days after Price made a 911 call from his home.

"Issues are being raised about whether or not Shannon [Price] had authority to terminate the life support," attorney Randy Kester said Wednesday.

However, E! News reported Thursday that Price, even though she wasn't Coleman's wife, still had the legal right to make medical decisions for him if he was incapacitated and unable to do so himself

"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.

Shannon Price was no longer Gary Coleman's missus, but apparently he trusted her with his life anyway. Still, E! News says Price technically told an untruth by telling hospital workers she was Coleman's wife.

"An Advanced Health Care Directive remains in effect regardless of a patient's marital status, unless modified by the patient," the hospital said.

Kester told the AP on Wednesday that Coleman and Price divorced in August 2008 and Coleman never told him the two had remarried.

"Gary shared a lot of things with me," Kester said. "That's probably something he would have told me."

Price refers to Coleman as her husband in the 911 recording from May 26, also released Wednesday.

Price can be heard asking a Utah emergency dispatcher to send help for Coleman, who was bleeding from the back of his head and "bubbling at the mouth."

"I just don't want him to die," Price says during the nearly six-minute call. "I'm freaking out like really bad."

Price told the dispatcher she wasn't sure whether Coleman had a seizure or whether he hit his head and fell. She said he had just gotten home and was going downstairs to make some food for her and that she then heard a "big bang."

"Send someone quick because I don't know if he's like gonna be alive cause there's a lot of blood on the floor," Price said.

Click here to read more of the story from the AP.

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[Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:40am]


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