Gary Coleman’s Parents Say His Death Was No Accident
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Gary Coleman’s ex-wife has reportedly sold photographs taken of the child star in the hospital.
Shannon Price hired a production company to take a series of photos of her ex-husband in his hospital bed hooked up to a ventilation machine, TMZ reports.
According to the Web site, the photos have been sold to an unnamed tabloid and could appear as early as next week.
Coleman’s adoptive mother is shocked over the sale of the pictures, calling the move “extremely disrespectful,” TMZ reported
There’s also a report that Victor Perillo, the spokesman for Coleman’s adoptive parents, has said he believes an inquiry into the manner of death should be held.
Coleman was hospitalized on May 26 due to a brain hemorrhage resulting from a fall at his Utah home.
He died two days later at the age of 42.
Price made the decision to remove him from life support.
Meantime, transcripts of a 911 call placed by Price reveal she initially resisted giving emergency aid to child star Gary Coleman after a fall that resulted in his death.
Price can be heard on a recording of a 911 call from May 26 asking a dispatcher to send help for Coleman, who she says fell and got a head wound at their Santaquin home.
“He just got home. I heard this big bang and I went downstairs. There’s blood everywhere,” Coleman’s wife, Shannon Price, told emergency dispatchers.
“I don’t know what happened. He fell and I don’t know. There was blood all over and I can’t do anything.”
When the dispatcher asked her to go downstairs to check out Coleman’s condition, Price resisted, saying, “I’ve just been kind of sick. I don’t want to be traumatized right now.”
Price says she “can’t really help him” and can’t drive or handle too much stress because she has seizures.
The operator says help is on the way.
“I just can’t be here with the blood,” Price says. “I’m sorry, I can’t do it. I can’t. Â… There’s blood all over and I can’t do anything.”
Price then says, “I can’t drive” because she’s been sick with a fever. “I can’t do anything right now.”
Right before a crew arrived at their house, she said, “I’m gagging, I got blood on myself, I can’t deal.”
Coleman attorney Randy Kester says Coleman and Price divorced in August 2008 and Coleman never told him that the two had remarried.
“Diff’rent Strokes,” which debuted on NBC in 1978, drew most of its laughs from the tiny, 10-year-old Coleman.
Coleman was an immediate star, and his skeptical “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?” — usually aimed at his brother, Willis — became a catchphrase.
The series lives on thanks to DVDs and YouTube.
Coleman had financial and legal problems in addition to continuing ill health from the kidney disease that required dialysis and at least two transplants.
As an adult, his height reached only 4 feet 8 inches.