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Gary Coleman divorced at time of death

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Gary Coleman’s former lawyer claims the actor was divorced from Shannon Price at the time of his death on May 28, People reports. Randy Kester claims the pair’s marriage ended on Aug. 12, 2008, which raises questions about Price’s legal right to take Coleman off life support. “We’re definitely concerned about this and we’re looking into what exactly happened here,” Janet Frank, a spokesperson for the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center — the hospital in which Coleman passed away — told People. “Shannon certainly portrayed herself as his wife to our staff and doctors. We assumed she was telling the truth. We can’t comment on specific details in Mr. Coleman’s case, but in general, any patient on life support is thoroughly evaluated medically before life support is ended.”

Kester claims it is possible that Coleman gave Shannon permission in writing at the hospital to make medical decisions for him. As for Coleman’s family, the actor’s mother told People, “It’s too early for us to comment on this. Of course we’re concerned, but we need to find out more information.” Price could not be reached for comment.

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