Gary Coleman wanted to prolong his life — according to a health care directive — and so did two of the actor’s closest pals, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Coleman’s agent, Robert Malcolm, has revealed Todd Bridges and Gary’s ex-manager Dion Mial pleaded with the Diff’rent Strokes star’s ex-wife Shannon Price not to take him off life support.
But neither of them — or Coleman’s own wishes — were enough to persuade Price to keep her ex-husband alive.
“Dion and Todd both begged her not to pull the plug,” Malcolm told RadarOnline.com, in an exclusive interview.
Coleman died, age 42, when Price made the decision to pull him off life support after he fell into a coma.
His death was the result of head injuries he suffered during a “fall” that happened by “accident” at his Utah home last month, according to the death certificate, released Monday.
A spokesperson for the Utah Valley Regional Medical Centre said it was investigating the emergence of a new document, purportedly stating Coleman had specifically directed that he did not want anyone to pull the plug on his life support, if he was ever in that situation.
In a 2006 document, Coleman checked a box titled “Choice to Prolong Life” which states, “I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards.”
The other option Coleman had — “Choice Not to Prolong Life” — was left unchecked.
Hospital spokesperson Janet Frank told RadarOnline.com: “I can’t talk about any of this because it’s part of his medical record… We have to verify that for ourselves before we would be able to do anything with it.”