Was the plug pulled on late Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman without his consent?
Gary Coleman wanted to prolong his life for as long as possible and did not want to be taken off life support if he was ever in that position, In 2006 legal documents unearthed this week, Gary made a specific request not to be taken off life support.
“I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards,” Entertainment Tonight quotes the former child star as writing.
Gary suffered a brain hemorrhage after injuring his head at home last month Coleman died at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center May 28 after being removed from life support at the instruction of his ex-wife Shannon Price.
He was 42.
Price claims in court documents that she was “forced” to pull the plug on the life support that ultimately led to Coleman’s death — although she does not explain why she felt forced.
The documents were discovered on June 15 as part of a custody battle for Coleman’s remains and estate between Price and his former girlfriend Anna Gray, who was named executor of the actor’s estate in a 2005 will. Coleman and Price married in 2007 when she was 22 and he was 39. They divorced in 2008 but Price said they planned to remarry.