Gary Coleman’s sudden death will no doubt get a few people to thinking, and one of those thoughts will undoubtedly be: Why is Shannon Price and her family being so quiet about how “Diff’rent Strokes” actor Gary Coleman died? Â I mean, just listen to what the family has said since his death. Â Basically, it’s been “thanks for your thoughts and prayers” and done. Â But what about Gary Coleman’s fall? Â What are the circumstances surrounding it? Â Is there an investigation underway, or do authorities have any reason to think they need to investigate?
What happened when Gary Coleman fell?
Silence when a celebrity dies bring out the sleuth in everyone. Â Of course, the public isn’t privy to all information with regard to things said and statements made, but one wonders if authorities were interested in the Gary Coleman incident and if so, what they learned from those that were at the Santaquin, Utah, house the day Gary Coleman fell.
Why should anyone wonder what happened? Â Given the nature of the relationship between Gary Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price, which was reportedly a rocky one where both parties had been arrested in the past year or so on domestic violence charges and were in a constant state of on-again-off-again divorce-seeking, law enforcement should take more than just a passing glance at the manner with which the 42-year-old actor might have died.
At present, all that is publicly known is that Gary Coleman fell and received an injury to his head. Â That traumatic injury resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage which induced a coma. Â Coleman never came out of the comatose state he slipped into a day after he was hospitalized.
The only reason why it is known that Gary Coleman received a head injury from a fall is because his brother-in-law, Shawn Price, told TMZ that that is what happened. Â Shannon Price, the wife, told Randy Kester, Gary Coleman’s lawyer that, besides the brief statement the family produced on Thursday, they did not want to release any details about the situation.
Kester told the Associated Press, “Anything they could say would be premature because they don’t know the full extent of his condition right now.”
What exactly does that mean? Â What does the extent of Coleman’s condition have to do with the family saying something about the incident? Â Were they afraid Coleman would contradict any public statement made on the matter? Â Did something happen where someone is legally liable and Gary Coleman’s condition was a contingency that would be weighed in the final determination?
And then there is the life support situation. Â The decision to cut of life support, which Coleman was placed on when he slipped into a coma on Thursday, was made by Shannon Price. Â And quickly. Â Gary Coleman may have had DNR (do not resuscitate) documents or something to that effect, which made his wife’s decision easier or legal, but to do it in such a quick fashion, just hours after Coleman went comatose seems relatively desperate and/or cold. Â Of course, this could mean nothing (but conspiracy theorists will be ecstatic, pointing to it as an obvious sign of a family cover-up).
Regardless, it is common knowledge that celebrities, especially Hollywood celebrities, never die of natural causes. Â There is always a backstory, a subplot, and underlying theme or motive that is the true story. Â Nothing is ever cut-and-dried, black and white. Â And there should always be some sort of investigation…
Nothing untoward may have occurred at the Santaquin house. Â There may have been no fighting, no pushing, no shoving, or anything that might have caused the “Diff’rent Strokes” star to fall and hit his head. Â He may have simply fallen doing some mundane chore and struck his head on the floor. Â Coleman was prone to seizures, so the intracranial hemorrhage may have been caused by a blow received to the head as his body spasmed.
But those details are not known. Â And fans of celebrities abhor a vacuum. Â They tend to fill it with speculation. Â A simple explanation of the circumstances surrounding just how and why Gary Coleman fell would suffice.