It’s being reported this afternoon that there may be a bit of controversy surrounding the death of Gary Coleman. Entertainment Tonight has paperwork proving that Gary and his wife, Shannon Price, divorced back in 2008. It might not seem like a big deal, but Shannon was the one who gave the okay to take Gary off of life support last Friday. If she wasn’t legally his wife, she didn’t have the authority to make that call.
Gary’s attorney confirmed the divorce:
“I can confirm they’ve been divorced since August 12, 2008. At the time of Gary’s death, they were not married. I have no knowledge if they were ever remarried.” His lawyer went on to say, “Gary wanted me to keep their divorce private but now that it’s been made public, I’m compelled to say it’s all true.”
It’s hard to say what will come of this revelation. Gary was reportedly estranged from his family and it seems like he and Shannon were all each other had. So, I’m sure she just acted out of the “norm” for them, maybe she wasn’t thinking about the “legality” of it? And Gary’s family might have done the same thing with stopping life support, but I’m sure the hospital will be doing some investigating now. This might get messy!
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