Gary Coleman 911 Call: 'There's Blood Everywhere'

Wife fears for child star's life in panicked 911 call.

May 28, 2010, 6:33 AM

June 2, 2010— -- In a panicked 911 call, Gary Coleman's wife describes the scene after the former child star apparently fell and split the back of his head open, spilling blood "everywhere" and causing her to fear for his life.

"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 on May 26. "I don't know what happened. He fell and I don't know. There was blood all over and I can't do anything.

"I don't want him to die. I'm freaking out," she said.

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Price said Coleman was initially unconscious and "bubbling" at the mouth.

During the more than five minute conversation with dispatchers, Price said Coleman regained consciousness, sat up and tried to stand, despite her protestations.

"He's sitting up now, but his head's all bloody in the back... I looked at the back of his head and saw [it] all bloody and gross" she said.

"Gary, don't move. Stay there, OK? You have to keep pressure on your head," she said at one point arguing with the former star of "Diff'rent Strokes." Coleman's groaned words are not clear in the call.

Coleman, 42, was rushed to a hospital and placed on life support but passed away two days later, on May 28, at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center from an intracranial hemorrhage.

On Monday, reported that Gary Coleman's parents want to know exactly what happened leading up to their son's death.

When Coleman died, he was estranged from his parents, but Willie and Sue Coleman say they love their son and want to know more about how he died. The couple told that they have tried repeatedly to get in touch with Gary's wife, but she will not return their calls.

"Gary Coleman's parents are telling us they want answers, they want to know what happened to their son, how did he fall, what are the circumstances of his death,"'s Mike Fleeman told "Good Morning America" Monday.

"We're not pointing fingers at anyone, but we need to know exactly what happened," Sue Coleman told, adding that she and her husband were seeking closure.

Police said earlier this week there is no investigation underway because there is nothing suspicious about his death, but no details have been released on how or why he fell. Coleman did suffer two seizures earlier this year.

Coleman's publicist, John Alcantar said that after initally taken to a hospital, Coleman was moved to another hospital for more tests and treatment. By midday Thursday, Coleman had regained consciousness and was lucid.

But his condition soon grew dire and he died the next day.

At a news conference in Salt Lake City after Coleman's death, Coleman's brother-in-law Shawn Price read a statement written by his sister, Coleman's wife.

"We are very grateful for all the wonderful support everyone has been extending to Gary's family," the statement said. "Thousands of e-mails have poured in to the hospital. This has been so comforting to the family to know how beloved he still is."

After reaching TV superstardom playing Arnold Jackson on "Diff'rent Strokes" in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Coleman's life after the show included years of financial, legal and health troubles, including a congenital kidney condition, leading up to his death.

Gary Coleman's Marriage and Difficulties

Coleman and Price married on a Nevada mountaintop in 2007 after meeting on the set of a 2006 film called "Church Ball." She was 22, he was 40. Shortly after they sat down with "Inside Edition," and it looked like the honeymoon was already over.

"We are not real showy love people," Coleman said. "We do all that at home."

"He is not romantic, but I'm kind of different," Shannon said.

"Gary and Shannon did have a very tumultuous relationship,"'s Fleeman said.

One of Coleman's final public appearances was in May 2008, when he and Price went on "Divorce Court" not to end their marriage, but to save it.

Price complained that she and Coleman had ugly fights and that the actor threw temper tantrums "like a 5-year-old does." Coleman admitted to Judge Lynn Toler that he had a bad attitude, but that was because he hadn't had an easy life.

"I don't have any friends and don't have any intention of making any," he said, according to a transcript of the show. "People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, steal from you. And they're not really your friends. They're only there because you're a celebrity or because they want to get something from you."

"We may go a week and not speak to each other," Coleman said. "I have very low self esteem. I don't feel very successful in life."

In 2009 Price was charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct. This past January Coleman was taken in for a domestic violence warrant.

The year 2010 was particularly hard for Coleman.

In January, he was arrested for failing to appear in court after a domestic disturbance. His health has also faltered -- Coleman suffered seizures in January and again later February on the set of "The Insider."

Nine days later, in what is believed to be his final television appearance, Coleman lashed out at "The Insider" guest panelist Lisa Bloom when she asked if he ever lay hands on his wife.

"You go somewhere and drown yourself in the ocean!" Coleman shouted.

"Is that the way you talk to your wife?" responded Bloom.

"Yes, if I have to!" exclaimed Coleman. "If I need to, but I don't. I don't know about you, I don't care about you! If you get hit by a bus I am not going to care!"

In a radio interview last year Coleman reflected on his life, and the parents who he accused of stealing three quarters of his television earnings.

"I am still bitter about it," Coleman said. "It still hurts, it still hurts. You do midget mascots to pay the mortgage."

ABC News' Michael S. James and Brian Braiker contributed to this report.

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