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Gary Coleman's voice heard in 911 call

June 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gary Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price, had the authority to take the actor off of life support, according to a hospital spokeswoman on Thursday. Price, 24, was named in an advanced health care directive that allowed her to make health care decisions for Coleman when he couldn't make them for himself, according to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank.

On the 911 call from May 26, the day Coleman apparently had a seizure or hit his head and fell, Price refers to Coleman as her husband.

On the tape Price can be heard frantically asking the emergency dispatcher to send help. Coleman was bleeding from the back of his head and "bubbling at the mouth" after falling.

"I just don't want him to die," said Price. "I'm freaking out like really bad. 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."

Health was always an issue for Coleman, who suffered from kidney disease from the time he was a toddler. He had at least two transplants.

Coleman's health problems went beyond kidney failure. Last fall, he had heart surgery complicated by pneumonia, said his Utah attorney Randy Kester. In February, he suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider."

Coleman died from a brain hemorrhage Friday at age 42.

The actor starred for eight seasons on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," starting in 1978.

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