Coleman's wife says in 911 call he has head wound - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Coleman's wife says in 911 call he has head wound

Posted: Updated:
  • RelatedMore>>

  • 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman dies

    'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman dies

    Friday, May 28 2010 2:58 PM EDT2010-05-28 18:58:58 GMT
    Saturday, May 29 2010 1:42 PM EDT2010-05-29 17:42:44 GMT
    Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. 
    Gary Coleman, the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. 

SALT LAKE CITY – Actor Gary Coleman's distraught wife told a Utah emergency dispatcher that the former child TV star was bleeding from the back of his head after falling at their home, according to a 911 tape released Wednesday.

The call was made by Shannon Price on May 26, two days before Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage at age 42 after being removed from life support.

"I just don't want him to die," Price tells the female dispatcher during the nearly six-minute call. "I'm freaking out like really bad."

In the call Price said she's not sure whether Coleman had a seizure or whether he hit his head and fell. She said he was going downstairs to make some food and that she then heard a "big bang."

"Send someone quick because I don't know if he's like gonna be alive cause there's a lot of blood on the floor," Price said.

Coleman is lethargic and Price says she "can't really help him" and can't drive because she has seizures.

"I don't even know what happened. ...I looked at the back of his head and it's all bloody and gross," Price said, later reporting to the dispatcher, "He's conscious but he's not, like, with it."

During the call Price can be heard calling out to Coleman and telling him not to move and to sit down.

The dispatcher asks Price to get a towel for Coleman to apply pressure to the back of his head.

"I'm just panicked I don't know what to do," Price said. "When are they (emergency services) going to be here, do you know?"

Coleman was conscious at the hospital that day but slipped into unconsciousness Thursday and was taken off life support Friday with family at his side.

Funeral services are planned in Salt Lake City this weekend, though an exact day hasn't been announced and it's not clear whether the services will be private or public.

Coleman starred for eight seasons on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," starting in 1978. The tiny 10-year-old's "Whachu talkin' 'bout?" was a staple in the show about two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. Coleman played Arnold Jackson, the younger of the two brothers.

___

Associated Press Writer Doug Alden contributed to this report.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • 'First Reformed' leads Gotham Awards nominees

    'First Reformed' leads Gotham Awards nominees

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-10-18 14:19:03 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:52 PM EDT2018-10-20 18:52:45 GMT
    Paul Schrader's religious thriller "First Reformed" is the leading nominee for the 28th annual Gotham Awards, including nods for best feature and best actor for star Ethan Hawke. 
    Paul Schrader's religious thriller "First Reformed" is the leading nominee for the 28th annual Gotham Awards, including nods for best feature and best actor for star Ethan Hawke. 
  • Lawsuit over fatal crash involving Berman's wife settled

    Lawsuit over fatal crash involving Berman's wife settled

    Thursday, October 18 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-10-18 16:19:53 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:52 PM EDT2018-10-20 18:52:42 GMT
    A Connecticut restaurant accused of serving alcohol to ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman's wife before she was killed in a car crash last year has settled a lawsuit by the family of an 87-year-old man who also died in... 
    A Connecticut restaurant accused of serving alcohol to ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman's wife before she was killed in a car crash last year has settled a lawsuit by the family of an 87-year-old man who also died in the wreck. 
  • Actor Bruce Willis sells central Idaho ranch for $5.5M

    Actor Bruce Willis sells central Idaho ranch for $5.5M

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-10-18 14:19:01 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:52 PM EDT2018-10-20 18:52:39 GMT
    Actor Bruce Willis has sold his 20-acre (8-hectare) ranch in central Idaho for $5.5 million. 
    Actor Bruce Willis has sold his 20-acre (8-hectare) ranch in central Idaho for $5.5 million. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.