According to new information released today along with the Gary Coleman 911 call, the late actor Gary Coleman had been divorced from wife Shannon Price, who made the Gary Coleman 911 call, for nearly two years. Gary Coleman and Shannon Price had been known to have a tumultuous relationship, one which included several allegations of domestic violence from both parties over the years. The two apparently still lived together in Coleman’s Utah home, despite getting a divorce in 2008.
You can hear the entire six-minute Gary Coleman 911 call by wife ex-wife Shannon Price here, and read some excerpts from the Gary Coleman 911 call transcripts below.
Partial Gary Coleman 911 Call Transcripts
During the Gary Coleman 911 call, Shannon Price tells a 911 dispatcher that “her husband” has fallen down, and describes the scene as being very bloody, and expresses her concern about Coleman’s condition.
“Send someone quick, cause I don’t even know if he’s gonna be, like, alive. There’s a lot of blood on the floor.” Then, the Gary Coleman 911 call gets progressively more disturbing, and quite sad to listen to in light of news of the “Diff’rent Strokes” star’s death.
The Gary Coleman 911 call continues, with a very nervous, shocky Shannon Price graphically explaining what was happening with Gary Coleman, minute by minute. “He was, like, bubbling at the mouth. He’s moving. I can hear him moving. [Gary are you, OK? Don’t move, Gary.]. He’s lethargic, I can’t really help him.”
When the operator handling the Gary Coleman 911 call asked Shannon Price to help her now-reported to be ex-husband by applying pressure to his head where the wound was, she dismissed the idea, bringing up her own issue of seizures and being “sick lately”. Throughout part of the Gary Coleman 911 call, Shannon Price seems detached and very blunt, however, this may be more indicative of a person in shock than a person who doesn’t care.
At one point, Shannon says of the scene, “I just can’t be here with the blood.”
“What happened?”, asked the 911 call taker, Shannon Price replies, “I don’t know…I just heard this big bang. He just fell. And there’s blood and I can’t do anything. I’ve been sick and I can’t do anything…” She goes on, “The back of his head is all bloody and gross.”
Finally, at the request of the female 911 operator handling the Gary Coleman 911 call, Shannon Price finds a towel to bring to Gary Coleman so he can himself try to apply pressure. “I don’t want him to die, I’m really freaking out.”, Shannon said. “He’s bloody, like, all over.”
When Shannon Price made the now-public Gary Coleman 911 call, Price can be heard saying Gary Coleman was standing up at one point, and it seemed Coleman didn’t realize what was going on. When the 911 operator and Shannon Price told the injured actor to sit or lie down, a dazed Gary Coleman can clearly be heard in the background, hauntingly saying, “What’s wrong?”
“Look at the floor.”, his live-in ex-wife responded, indicating the blood around them.
First responders can be heard arriving at the residence just minutes later, as Shannon Price closes the Gary Coleman 911 call. You can hear the panic, some say disgust but I choose to use “panic”, in her voice as she tells the 911 call taker, “I’m gagging, I got blood on myself, I can’t deal.”