Gary Coleman 911 Call: 'There's Blood Everywhere'
Wife fears for child star's life in panicked 911 call.
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.
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, People.com 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 People.com 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," People.com'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 People.com, 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.
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