Shannon Price’s cold reason for pulling the plug on Gary Coleman

TMZ has a new interview with Shannon Price, Gary Coleman’s ex wife and the only person in the home when Gary suffered a massive head wound that was ultimately fatal. The interview is frankly disturbing as Shannon is visibly angry and defiant and doesn’t seem at all broken up over Gary’s death. We’ve heard the 911 tape, in which Shannon couldn’t deal with the fact that there was all this blood in the house and kept making excuses for why she couldn’t help Gary or drive him to the hospital. According to Shannon, she was upstairs when she asked Gary to go downstairs and make her some food. She heard a thud, went downstairs to check on him, and was confronted with all this blood that she couldn’t handle. The way she described it to the 911 operator didn’t add up to me, because she first claimed she had asked him to make her some food, then added that he just got home. She even changed her wording at one point. She said “I just saw my – I had my husband go make me something downstairs. He just got home, I heard this big bang. I went downstairs, blood everywhere. I don’t know if he’s ok.” It’s possible it all happened like that and she was in shock and couldn’t remember. It’s just that she was so concerned about herself on the tape that it seemed suspicious.

Anyway Shannon tells TMZ on tape that she didn’t push Gary. As TMZ points out in their coverage, no one accused Shannon of pushing Gary so it’s hard to know how she’s coming up with that. She’s kind of scary to me, sneering and saying “I was upstairs. He was downstairs. How am I going to push him?… Why would I want to hurt my husband?” There’s a real defiance in her tone, and it’s possible she’s just super pissed off that anyone is accusing her of having a hand in Gary’s death. Anger is a natural response to being accused unfairly, but it’s weird to me that she’s asking why she would want to hurt her husband instead of saying something simple like “I loved Gary, I would never hurt him.” I’ve read that you have to watch out for people who ask another question instead of answering a question directly.

When Shannon described why she decided to take Gary off life support, she was completely matter of fact and very cold about it. She said “the doctors told us that even if they did surgery on [Gary], he would have died, he would have bled to death during the surgery. They said that even if they did take a chunk out of his brain he would not be the same. He would basically be like Mohammed Ali… he would have died sooner or later anyway from that.

Shannon claims her motivation in speaking out is to defend herself against speculation that she both hurt Gary and took him off life support too early. She explained “He wouldn’t have made it anyway, his heart would have just given out. I don’t want people to sit there and think I’m a bitch and I didn’t care about him… Be in my situation. I mean look what happened with Terri Schiavo. I always think of her case… Gary was gone. His eyes were dilated.

As for why she’s grateful to Gary, she explained “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.”

The only thing that Shannon can come up with that’s nice to say about Gary is that he bought her a car? It doesn’t seem like she cared for Gary all that much or is in mourning over his death.

I asked the truth expert at Eyes for Lies to review the video. She told me via e-mail that “[Shannon] gives off indications that she is could be psychopathic — she has no idea what empathy is!! Gary doesn’t matter at all. She doesn’t miss him, feel bad for him — heck he would have just been a vegetable, if they did surgery. He just wouldn’t have been the same! She is one of the coldest people I’ve ever seen.” Here is a link to Eyes’ full review of the interview. She calls Shannon, “cold, cunning, and creepy” and adds “she is very off and needs to be looked at with a magnifying glass.”


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  1. Kim says:

    That b**ch killed him

  2. Sumodo1 says:

    Poor Gary. If there is a heaven, he’s in a better place.

  3. yae says:

    “[Shannon] gives off indications that she is could be psychopathic ” “… She doesn’t miss him, feel bad for him .” “She is one of the coldest people I’ve ever seen.” She calls Shannon, “cold, cunning, and creepy”

    This expert just described half the people who work in wall street.

  4. Me says:

    I think this woman is off her meds

  5. teehee says:

    She sounds happy to have gotten rid of him– because she kept sayign He wouldve died anyway. His heart, his head, or bleeding to death…it didnt matter if he died now or later so she might as well get it over with now.

    I cant speculate on whether she has anythign to dow ith his original injury— but I do sure see that she was emotionally removed from him and this for a long time. Well duh, they were in love, fell out of love, divorced, and she likely hates his little — for having been abusive to her.
    And she might find it theraputic or sort of revenge to have the chance to do what she did….
    She sure is an angry and hostile tyke. I suppose she learned it from Gary big time. It’s neck to neck with a person like Gary so he taught her well, and she isnt over it not by any degree, or she would have the ability to mourn the tragic passing of another human being in this world.

  6. Bonfire Beach says:

    I always got the impression that she is “slow” or developmentally disabled. It’s quite possible that she has some form of mental retardation, however slight it may be.

  7. original kate says:

    another woman with duck lips. psycho duck.

  8. GrnMtGirl says:

    So weird.

  9. Sigh. says:

    NEVER answer a direct question of veracity with a question. That is the FIRST sign of lying — deflection, trying to make the OTHER person seem like the crazy person/one at fault for asking the question.

    Do I know if she “did anything” to him? No, I don’t. But it’s really what she DIDN’T do that concerns me, and that’s simply to help him in every way before…

  10. tiki says:

    i’ll say/write it again. listen to the 911 call. it’s staged. she gives her and coleman’s whereabouts before she gives the reason for the call. she’s establishing her alibi. criminology 101. i have no doubt she caused the head injury. my only question is whether or not it was intentional.

  11. Icecat says:

    I think she pushed him down the stairs. COLD HEARTED BITCH!!

  12. zen says:

    anyone who can just casually blurt out “He would have died sooner or later” just a few days after the incident is clearly a psychopath and has something to hide.
    I posted my thoughts on this in the other article, this chick makes me sick.
    Im glad he’s in a better place and not with her anymore.
    I also think there’s more to this than he just fell.
    and why is she suddenly referring to him as her husband when they were divorced.
    She NUTZ and this needs to be investigated.

  13. Tia C says:

    @ tiki: I think you are 100% correct. And you’re right that the big question is whether it was intentional or not.

    I also think Bonfire Beach makes a good point. Now that you mention it, her “offness” and disconnection from normal compassion could indicate a degree of mental retardation. Interesting theory.

    Whether she is retarded or not though, I think she killed him.

  14. zen says:

    @ Tiki…great points and true.

    Im confused, he just got home but before she was asking him to make her food…
    doesnt make sense??

  15. Sudini says:

    Every other word out of her mouth is either “I” or “me”. Everything is about her. Even when she was talking to 911, she made that call more about her than about poor Gary.

    And, excuse me but “He bought me a car!”???

  16. d says:

    Definitely something off about this woman; never liked her. She certainly has never seemed empathetic, I agree. Very sad that Coleman was involved with her.

  17. kai2 says:


    that muhammad ali reference was also really nasty, doesn’t he suffer from parkinson? am I missing something?

  18. Cinderella says:

    I think she did it, but damn, it would be so hard to prove. She may have had his machines turned off for that very reason.

  19. Relli says:

    @ Bonfire, I KNOW RIGHT!

    i have always thought so too.

  20. Megan says:

    Weren’t they having real problems in their marriage which were related to domestic violence? In previous articles written about them it was basically like they hated each other. And now he’s randomly dead, she pulls the plug after 24 hours in a coma, and she wonders why people are suspicious? I don’t know what happened, but I can bet some of what she says is lies. This really is very disturbing.

  21. Sarah says:

    I thought it all sounded funny from the beginning and now hearing this, I’m convinced she had something to do with his death (other than just pulling the plug).

  22. simone says:

    he brought it on himself. how could she had the right to pull the plug if they were divorced? how could he hang with her after the divorce. she is shady and a bitch!

  23. Paula says:

    That interview gave me the creeps. The police ruled the death accidental and insist there was no evidence of foul play. I wonder if they are playing dumb the way the police did with the balloon boy’s parents to gain their trust and cooperation. Gary was conscious for awhile. I don’t know how coherent he was or how much he was able to communicate.

  24. simplicity says:

    I’m also in agreement with you Bonfire. She does not seem to process information accurately.

  25. OXA says:

    They were both damaged ebough to stay with each other, who else could tolerate either one.

  26. Constance says:

    Way back when she first started to talk about their relationship, she came off like she had mental issues. I really don’t think the girl is all there. I don’t think she killed him purposefully. I think she couldn’t handle dealing with him so disabled if he lived. I mean she did send the short dude to make her a sandwich which seemed to require him getting up on a counter or something.

  27. Beth says:

    If what she said is true than I probably would have taken Gary off of life support too but I would have had some emotions about it. It seems like Shannon couldn’t care less. I wonder if she could be criminally charged since she isn’t Gary’s wife?

  28. Layla says:

    She was weird in interviews after they got married, so I think she’s just a weirdo. Not a killer.

  29. Wif says:

    I can NOT believe that this woman is smart enough to get away with murder. There is no way she could have killed him intentionally.

  30. Feebee says:

    I’m not dissing the police (or Coroner) but just because they’ve ruled it an accident doesn’t mean it was. Anyone following the Drew Peterson case in Illinois can tell you that.

    Something’s always been off about her. All the adjectives used previously sound accurate, but we can add DUMBASS to that. Comparing Gary’s probably condition to Mohammed Ali is just plain ignornant. He has Parkinsons. Not the same condition at all.

  31. girl says:

    Wow. I hope she is just still in shock of his death and that is why she sounds so cold and uncaring.

    Maybe she is on medication? Or off medication she was already on? Wow. How sad.

  32. aury says:

    what a total bitch.

  33. Jackson says:

    Was it ever mentioned that he was near stairs that he may have fallen down? If not near stairs, how can someone as short as GC fall and hit himself so hard on the back of the head to cause his injury? IDK. I think she whacked him on the back of the head with something. I hope the police are looking into this more than they appear to be.

  34. Beck says:

    They were divorced. He was not her husband so what is she talking about? I know there was abuse but was he abusive to her or was she the abusive one? I bet it was both.

    I listened to the 911 tape yesterday. It sounded so suspicious. Why in the world was she telling the operator where she was and what Gary was doing? Why go into so much detail with her illness, etc? I would be saying “I found my ex-husband and he is bleeding from his head. Please send help now! Tell me what I need to do.” Then, I would help him instead of saying that I couldn’t do it. The way she was talking to Gary was pathetic. Please. I don’t know anyone that likes to see blood or wounds but you do what you have to do.

    I cared more for my poor dog that passed away two weeks ago than she seems to have cared for her “husband.” I was devastated after she passed and am still grieving terribly. I can’t talk about it without being emotional.

    The whole thing seems so fishy. I can’t believe the police are not going to go back to investigate again after learning they were divorced. Something just doesn’t seem right with her.

  35. filthycute says:

    She makes my blood run cold.

  36. Kim says:

    I read Gary drove himself from dialysis and was weak.My aunt takes dialysis and there is no way in hell she would be able to drive herself home. When she gets home she sure isn’t going to be preparing food she sits down asap and takes a nap.IDK I guess people handle dialyses differently like chemo treatments. Some people take chemo and return to work the same day.

  37. M says:

    I agree that her wording is a little suspicious and weird, and does sound like she doesn’t care a whole lot. But I don’t think the act of taking someone off life support is wrong. If someone is essentially going to be a “vegetable” for the rest of their lives, you might want to think “Would they really want to live their life like this”? Not too mention that financial matters could take a part in that decision. However, if I was in that situation, I wouldn’t act so nonchalantly about it. Whereas in this case, it does seem like she doesn’t really care.

  38. Westcoaster says:

    It will be interesting to see if she is mentioned in the will. She was still permitted to “pull the plug” when Gary was in the coma, I have to wonder if Gary forgot to remove her name from his will.

  39. Maggie Grace says:

    That is sooo creepy. I’m sure Mohammed Ali and his wife are plenty happy he (MA) is alive. It’s not like he’s unfunctioning for gods sake, he’s a national treasure.

  40. Kelly says:

    DAMN bitch is ugly!!! those teefs!!!

    And yes, I agree – she’s obviously developmentally disabled or mentally impaired in some way. That could account for some of the narcissism she showed in the 911 call and interview.

  41. RHONYC says:

    i hope that right now he is in the arms of two bodaciously-boobied supermodel angels who are giving him real love and letting him moterboat them for all eternity. 🙂

    he deserved more than that b%tch.


  42. TeeTee says:

    A friend of his had just dropped him off from kidney dialysis (WHY didn’t she take him) anyhoo, he said they Gary was weak and that the treatment had him
    VERY weak…

    How in the hell is he fixing her a sandwich and he just got back from treatment..she is a CRAZY chick and she fought him all the time.

    Gary was bitter but he did not deserve to be treated as he was in his last finals hours, something in the milk is not clean..she IS VERY suspect.

    all she could think of was “he bought her a car”..I hope its not paid for, psycho woman!

  43. Nadia says:

    O ya. She killed him.

  44. Maritza says:

    They were already divorced, it’s obvious she was with him just for her convenience. She knew he had medical problems, she probably thinks he has money somewhere and she’ll inherit it.

  45. girl says:

    I really don’t know the situation but I think it was possible that because she was sick, she wouldn’t have been able to take him to dialisys. As in not allowed around people who may already be immune-compromised.

    She definitely sounds like she had problems already. Obviously she has extremely poor judgement if she is talking to TMZ so soon after loosing her husband.

  46. Vi says:

    what’s with all the poor gary moaning? i sure as hell wouldn’t be too upset if my abusive husband died of a head injury. i’d call it karma. hell maybe she did push him. maybe she got sick of his abuse?

  47. gg says:

    omg I am freaked out after hearing that. I agree with tiki and d.

    I’ve observed this couple at least twice before on tv, once was on a court show a few years ago. Their relationship was scary and twisted then and they hadn’t been married for very long and said openly they’d never consummated the marriage.

    Gary said he loved her, but they both described an intense annoyance with each other. She displays the attitude and understanding of a child. I also think she is “developmentally delayed” as well. I was shocked to hear they were still married by the time she was charged with battery against him. He testified she was very abusive to him, he would lash out at her, and they would get into brawls frequently. Seemed like a 24/7 thing with them.

    When I heard he died, I was shocked they were STILL living together, and automatically thought of her. Then I hear she’s the one who had the plug pulled?

    I sure hope they investigate this because it’s completely 4**ked up. She’s as guilty as sin. The taped evidence is completely damning.

  48. Shay says:

    First and foremost, I’d be interested to know what qualifications that blogger at E4L has before promoting themselves as an ‘expert’. The most known expert that I’m currently aware of, in the area of deception, is Dr Paul Ekman and he has qualifications, not just a blog.

  49. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    From what I heard, it was a volatile relationship and they both got physical with each other. Domestic violence isn’t a ‘boys only’ club, it can, and does go both ways. I remember the flurry of stories surrounding the Rhianna/C.B. fiasco and all of the outrage it sparked. Many people said something to the effect of, ‘yeah, she was wrong to hit him, his response was disgusting, criminal and solved nothing. Why? Because physically they weren’t evenly matched. Morally reprehensible.’

    And that’s the way that I’ve though about it as well. Now Rhianna is a full foot taller a good 20 years younger and far, far healthier than was Gary Coleman, and that still wasn’t enough to protect herself from her attacker. I take the same position on this case as well. You can’t slap your way out of a disagreement (and unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time he had hit a woman), but why do some think he *earned* that fate? Is it because the genders are reversed? I don’t see that as an excuse at all, and using the troubles that women have had to endure since time immemorial as a justification for your own misdeeds is disrespectful of the past and cruel to the present. Both men and women have a responsibility to bear witness to that struggle, not profit from it.

  50. jane16 says:

    Yikes. What a scary woman.

  51. GatsbyGal says:

    She doesn’t talk or respond or function like a normal human being, especially one who just had to pull the plug on a loved one.

    I don’t understand pulling the plug so quickly. And her rationale is that she didn’t want him to turn out like Muhammad Ali? Um…Muhammad Ali is still living, and he’s not a vegetable in a hospital bed. Her thinking just doesn’t make sense.

    She wanted to be rid of him – that’s the only conclusion one can draw. Either she caused his injury with the intention of killing him, or she saw an opportunity when he injured himself and decided not to help him in the hopes that he would die.

    What did he do for her…he bought her a car?! That’s the first thing she can think of? It’s so obvious this bitch did not have one shred of love left in her heart for him.

  52. My2Cents says:

    Wow I really think she killed him or at least had something to do with this death. This story has given me chills.

  53. JustBe says:

    Perhaps I watch too much ‘true crime’ tv, but I get the feeling that something sinister has occurred. If the info about returning from dialysis is true, he would have been in no condition to fix her anything to eat and it would have been cruel of her to request it.
    Her response alone to the interview questions would be reason enough for detectives to review the case for any type of circumstantial evidence. Freak accidents can and do happen, but they don’t generally elicit the responses that she gave to the interviewer, even if she is slower than most.

  54. Deb says:

    She is also going to die……..sooner or later. Deal bitch.

  55. Twez says:

    It seems like she’s trying to communicate that she was following the attending doctors’ recommendations in taking Gary off life support, but her personality and selfish motivations come across as ‘hiding something’ or ‘guilty’. She’s obviously a gold-digger, and it seems like she’s trying to paint that in the best light and she isn’t smart enough to carry it off. It comes to this: Gary was worth more to her alive than dead. He doesn’t have life insurance, he very probably didn’t have savings. And since they were legally divorced, she’s not going to inherit any property he had. If she wanted him dead, she could have quietly waited to call 911 until he had bled out.

  56. Whatever says:

    Yeah, I think she killed him too. I’ve pretty much suspected it since he died and I read that she refuses to speak to his parents. Shady. I hope they investigate her.

  57. gg says:

    Just watched the second video and my blood is chilled after seeing her nonchalance and graft.

    Notice how she says she can’t pay for funeral expenses. Funeral expenses are paid for by the decedent’s ESTATE, not by her.

    She talks about how she likes to blow money she didn’t earn on pampering herself in Vegas. Then at the end, she says she has nothing, and then has the balls to say she hopes that there will be an outpouring of supporters. Yet she won’t speak to his parents. Unbelievable.

    I’m absolutely ill after hearing the 911 tape and the two interviews. She’s hung herself, retarded or not.

  58. Emily says:

    I don’t know all the details surrounding their relationship but her behavior does seem kind of fishy .. I wanted to comment on the dialysis aspect. My husband has dialysis treatments 3 times a week, and every person reacts to it differently. Some people get really sick afterwards, but some people, like my husband, don’t have many issues. My husband drives himself to and from, and this morning came home & made breakfast. It all depends on the patient. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Gary’s dialysis treatment might not have had enough of a debilitating effect to prevent him from making a sandwich. Just my two cents 🙂

  59. amanda says:

    She was married to Gary Coleman, ok? So the b*tch obviously wasn’t sane to begin with. Her response sounds like the ramblings of a mentally unstable person. Which makes sense considering who she married.

  60. Taya says:

    I think she had something to do with it. Most innocent people do not decsribe in detail when they call 911, exactly what they were doing. It is just a, “I need help response.” Not a, this and that and I etc. It is too detailed.
    There is something fishy here.

  61. AKA of KC says:

    Wonder if she still held a life insurance policy on him?

  62. atagurl says:

    I loved Gary Coleman as a kid and I’m not gonna pretend that I cared much for GC the man but its strange/sad that he never seemed to have anyone that truly advocated for him, his best interest. From the parents who, according to him squandered his money, to this woman, who didn’t even grieve for the man 24 hours before giving consent to pull the plug.
    As for the wife (ex or otherwise), something’s just off….
    And you know, I didn’t give much thought to the parents “questions” about his death. He’d been estranged from them for so long and it didn’t seem either side had reached out but these interviews with the wife makes me think that the parents inquiries could have merit.

  63. Vibius says:

    Did this guy have anyone in his life that wasn’t a self centered ahole/bitch? The guys dieing and all she cares about is herself. Hes dead and all she cares about is how she looks.

  64. Lita says:

    This bit about “refusing to meet his parents” – this doesn’t reflect badly; GaryC refused to meet his parents too!

  65. CB Rawks says:

    Pulled the plug so that he couldn’t wake up and tell on her.

  66. Jag says:

    Unless I’m wrong, he was estranged from his own parents, so I can see her not talking to them. Apparently, he had a medical directive drawn up to give her the power over medical decisions, but I do wonder if that was when they were married and he hadn’t changed it. It will be interesting to see if the police investigate this further, since so much of it seems odd. I do believe she had something to do with his death, even if it were to not contact authorities until she knew it would be too late to save him. As for pulling the plug so soon, yes, that could be sinister, too, but since Coleman had the foresight to draw up the medical directive, perhaps he also had communicated his will to have the plug pulled rather than be a vegetable. My family knows that I want the plug pulled if I were going to be in that state, as well as many other, specific things. They probably were fighting and she pushed him down the stairs or into something. Most people don’t spontaneously come up with things like that to refute, when no one has said it in the first place, unless they’re guilty.

  67. mai tai says:

    Bet this b!tch is the beneficiary of his life insurance policy. . . she’s a cold b!tch for sure.

    So sorry Gary, RIP.

  68. hairball says:

    I just listened to the 911 tape. That is the MOST pathetic and disgusting thing I have heard. I would act more concerned towards my cat. “I’ll see if I can get him a towel or something’…????

    WOW. I am STUNNED at how cold and uncaring she was. I have no idea if she had any hand in his accident, but she CLEARLY could have cared less what happened to him. OMG.

  69. hairball says:

    Just watched the video. All she can say about her HUSBAND, ex or not, is that he bought her a car?????? She has no feelings for him clearly.

  70. mollination says:

    Couldn’t have said it better than Eyes for Lies – the only solace I take in any of this is that Gary was an extremely sad, unhappy individual. He had a hard, strange, unhappy life and I don’t feel sad that it’s now over for him. I genuinely hope he has found some comfort and peace of mind wherever he is now.

  71. Sincerity says:

    Gary Coleman was a very angry and troubled person and as they say, “like attracts like”. It’s so sad when the only “redeeming” quality about Gary that Shannon mentions pertains to “the car” he bought her. It’s quite obvious that Shannon lacks the capacity to deeply care about anyone except herself. In my opinion, as long as Gary Coleman was willing and able “to cater” to Shannon, everything was “good”; however, she had no intentions of being saddled with a “severely disabled” person who couldn’t do anything for her. I guess the reason Gary was still living with this “sociopath” after their divorce was he felt that he “simply couldn’t do any better” and being with Shannon was better than being alone. How terribly sad and his insecurities cost him his life. Gary Coleman made his own choices “for better or worse” and if he was intentionally harmed, the truth will come out.

  72. Jessica says:

    But if they were divorced, why was she still living with him?

  73. ElizabethM says:

    Considering many (!) people think Terry Shiavo’s husband caused her injury I have to laugh at the irony of him being the example Shannon uses to justify pulling the plug on Gary.

  74. canadianchick says:

    She’s guilty, his family will sue her for her car.

  75. a says:

    maybe she’s a sociopath…or a psychopath but she obviously doesn’t care and isn’t truthful.

  76. Rosanna says:

    Poor Gary 🙁

  77. Macwil says:

    I have worked with Developmentally Disabled adults and my son is Developmentally Disabled. Shannon Price is not mean, I think she is disabled. I don’t think she fully understands pragmatics. She has the mind of a child. Some have said “well, children know that they can help” but Shannon can’t see more than “I am going to have a seizure if I see blood”. My son loved his dad but when the ambulance came because he was in respiratory failure, my son was more worried about everyone asking questions. From every interview I have heard, I think someone was correct when they said Shannon doesn’t think like a “normal” young woman.

  78. Cheryl says:

    I agree that she sounds in some way, impaired. She also sounds like one of the most spoiled, self-centered people that i have ever heard speak, but that doesn’t make her a cold-blooded killer.

  79. I think she is a self oriented person. Every time she just talking about herself. I don’t like this sort of person. I think she is lying most of the times.