Hospital: Coleman's partner had medical authority

Thursday, June 03, 2010
Gary Coleman

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2008 file photo, actor Gary Coleman appears on the the NBC "Today" program in New York. A Utah hospital says said Thursday May 27, 2010 that former child television star Gary Coleman has been admitted in critical condition.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A spokeswoman for a Utah hospital says Gary Coleman's partner had the authority to take the former child TV star off life support.

Coleman died from a brain hemorrhage Friday.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said Thursday that Shannon Price was named in an advanced health care directive that allowed her to make health care decision

s for Coleman.

Price and Coleman wed in August 2007 after meeting on the set of the 2006 comedy "Church Ball." Coleman's attorney, Randy Kester, says Price and Coleman divorced in August 2008. It's not clear if they ever remarried.

Coleman starred for eight seasons on "Diff'rent Strokes," starting in 1978.

In a 911 call from two days before Coleman died, Price refers to Coleman as her husband.

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