TMZ has obtained and posted on their website a recording of the 911 call made by Shannon Price the day that Gary Coleman reportedly fell and injured his head. Â On the recording, Price breathlessly attempted to get an ambulance to her Santaquin, Utah, home after her husband, famed “Diff’rent Strokes” actor Gary Coleman, had fallen and injured himself. Â Shannon Price let the dispatcher know quickly that she was going to be of little or no help in what turned out to be a deadly incident.
Shannon Price told the dispatcher several times that she didn’t know what happened or how Gary Coleman ended up on the floor in a pool of blood. Â At one point, she informed the dispatcher that Coleman may have had a seizure. Â She explained that she asked the “Diff’rent Strokes” actor to cook her “something” and then there was a “bang.” Â She said when she went to see what happened, there was “blood all over the floor.” Â At first Price told the dispatcher that her husband was “bubbling” at the mouth and unconscious, but the 42-year-old actor regained consciousness during the phone call.
Shannon Price told the dispatcher that she, too, was sick and that she was prone to seizures, which was why she needed an ambulance, because she could not drive. Â She also admitted that the sight of blood could make her go into seizures. Â But the dispatcher persisted in getting Price to get the injured Coleman to put pressure on his wound, which was at the back of his head.
Price noted that Coleman was not “lucid” and that he was “lethargic,” “out of it.” Â She did not think she could get him to apply pressure to his injured head. Â She also can be heard on the recording commanding her husband to sit down (the dispatcher had suggested that Coleman remain seated).
After the rescue workers arrived (and the 911 call ended), Gary Coleman was taken to a nearby hospital. Â He was soon transferred to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, where he was put in the Intensive Care Unit. Â Diagnosed with an intracranial brain hemorrhage, the “Diff’rent Strokes” actor woke up lucid the next day, but by the afternoon was fading in and out of consciousness. Â Coleman then slipped into a coma and was placed on life support.
Shannon Price, who became Coleman’s wife in 2007, made the decision to pull the plug on the life support machines early Friday morning. Â Gary Coleman died just after noon on May 29, roughly 48 hours after he fell.
Until the release of the 911 recording, not much was known about the circumstances surrounding Gary Coleman’s injury. Â His wife was so reticent that it prompted Gary Coleman’s estranged parents to reach out through People magazine to provide further details. Â Still, the 911 call recording adds little to what was already known but it is clear that whatever occurred, whether the “Diff’rent Strokes” actor slipped and fell or had a seizure, it was violent enough to cause a traumatic head injury and profuse bleeding.
Doctors believe it was the trauma to the head that caused the intracranial hemorrhage which subsequently led to Gary Coleman’s comatose state and ultimate death.