"I don't want people thinking that I didn't care about him," says Shannon Price

By Ken Lee
June 03, 2010 03:30 PM
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Shannon Price says Gary Coleman couldn’t be saved after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week and she didn’t want him left in a vegetative state, she explains in a video interview released Thursday.

“The doctors told us that even if they had done surgery on him, he would’ve died,” Price says in the video posted on TMZ.com. “He would’ve bled to death during the surgery. Even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He’d basically be like Muhammad Ali … I mean, Gary was gone.”

Although it was revealed Wednesday that Coleman, 42, and Price, 24, had been divorced at the time of his death, a hospital confirmed Wednesday that the actor had given Price written permission to make medical decisions on his behalf, but wouldn’t comment on specifics of his case.

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“Look what happened to Terri Schiavo,” said Price, referring to the controversial Florida right-to-life case. “I always think of her case when it comes to this.”

She added: “I don’t want people to be so hard on me thinking I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn’t have made it anyway. His heart would’ve just given out. I don’t want people to sit there and think I’m a bitch, and that I didn’t care about him.”

Price also addressed speculation that she had something to do with the accident that caused his brain hemorrhage: “A lot of people sit there and say, yeah, she pushed him. People are so cruel, they don’t even know. I was upstairs, he was downstairs. How am I going to push him? Why would I want to hurt my husband, are you kidding?

Price adds that Coleman looked out for her while they were together: “He’s done a lot for me, he bought me a car, which he chose to do, which I never asked him for. I thought that was very sweet of him to do that.”

Funeral plans are still pending, according to a spokeswoman for Price.