Shannon Price: Secretly Divorced From Gary Coleman, Still in Control of Actor's Medical Decisions

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Was Shannon Price in the right by taking Gary Coleman off life support?

After the Gary Coleman 911 call was released yesterday, that question is being hotly debated, given her strange comments and behavior on the phone.

She's likely to come under even more scrutiny now that documents have surfaced proving that Coleman and Price secretly got divorced back in 2008.

They wed in 2007 but split, legally, a year later due to "irreconcilable differences." A judge signed off on the divorce, and they did not get re-married.

Yet they were in bed together the night of Gary's ultimately fatal injury.

Shannon Price and (apparently) her ex-husband Gary Coleman.

Price was the one who called 911, as we know, one week ago now, reporting that Coleman had fallen down in their Utah home and was unconscious.

According to the Santaquin Police Department, The Diff'rent Strokes star was bleeding from a laceration on his head when the paramedics arrived.

He was able to answer their questions and was also able to walk to the ambulance that transported him to the hospital, the incident report states.

Price stayed upstairs once paramedics arrived, telling them she "didn't want to be traumatized." Officers stated they observed "nothing suspicious."

Coleman, who had been in a weakened state when he fell after undergoing a four-hour kidney dialysis treatment, later suffered a brain hemorrhage.

He slipped into a coma was taken off life support on Friday by Shannon Price, who identified herself as Coleman's wife, despite the fact that she isn't.

Prince wasn't asked to provide documented proof, prompting Coleman's divorce lawyer, Randy Kester, to question if Shannon had power of attorney.

Apparently, she did, despite the couple's non-marital status.

Shannon Price was no longer Gary Coleman's wife, but the actor trusted her with his life anyway. The legal documents that are in place establish this.

He signed the paperwork authorizing her to make medical decisions for him if he was incapacitated and unable to do so, as Price tragically had to.

So even though she technically told an untruth by telling hospital workers she was Gary Coleman's wife, she didn't cross more questionable lines.

"Mr. Coleman had completed an Advanced Health Care Directive granting 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.

"An Advanced Health Care Directive remains in effect regardless of a patient's marital status, unless modified by the patient. It is a private medical document which the hospital does not have permission to release."

"However, we received permission to confirm that the document was in effect at the time of Mr. Coleman's death."

No other info is available due to privacy statutes, and it is not known when Coleman signed the form. However, Price looks to be legally in the clear.

If any more details on Coleman's sad and increasingly strange death become available, you will know as soon as we do. Stay tuned.

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