In her first televised interview after the death of Gary Coleman, his ex-wife Shannon Price spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the circumstances leading up to his fatal brain hemorrhage at their home in Sataquin, Utah.
“I asked him if he could make me some food and he went downstairs and I heard this big smack. I rushed down there and found him lying in a pool of blood,” she said in the interview that aired Monday. Price said that speculation that she pushed Coleman is untrue. “People can say whatever they want. I know the truth,” she said. “I would never hurt my husband, ever.”
“I was with him down there the whole time. Seeing him in a pool of blood was difficult,” she said. “If it was someone else in my situation I am sure they wouldn’t know what to do either.”
Price, who arrived for her interview in a wheelchair and had to stop speaking when she thought she might be suffering a seizure, told “GMA” she is happy that Coleman is no longer suffering.
“We discussed death a few times and he always said he would be very unfair if he left me and I really respect that,” Price said “because I loved him and he loved me and we just can’t live without each other.”
Regarding their secret divorce, Price said they had intended to remarry and was struggling with health and financial problems.
“We had a lot of disagreements but we loved each other, it was golden,” she said.
After Coleman was taken to hospital, Price said doctors had advised her it was “the best thing for him” to turn off the life support machine he had been placed on at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
“The doctors advised me that it was grim and he went into cardiac arrest as well,” she said.
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that photos taken of Coleman in the hospital during and after his final moments have sold to a tabloid, and it is Shannon Price who orchestrated the sale and will get a cut of the profits.
The Web site quoted sources who say three of the four photos may hit stands as early as this week, including one of Shannon posing next to Gary as he is hooked up to tubes.
The photo taken after Coleman died was reportedly not part of the deal.