Shannon Price: Why I Pulled The Plug On Gary Coleman

06/03/2010 04:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gary Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price, says she pulled the plug on his life support to avoid a Muhammad Ali or Terri Schiavo situation, she explains in an interview with TMZ, shot the day after he died.

"The doctors told us that even if they had done surgery on him, he would've died," Price said. "He would've bled to death during the surgery. Even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He'd basically be like Muhammad Ali ... I mean, Gary was gone."

Wednesday documents surfaced that revealed Price and Coleman were divorced in 2008, but she retained authority to make medical decisions for him if he was unable to. Price told TMZ she took him off life support with his interests in mind.

"I don't want people to be so hard on me thinking I had to pull the plug too early," she said. "He wouldn't have made it anyway. His heart would've just given out. I don't want people to sit there and think I'm a bitch, and that I didn't care about him."

Price also denies that she had a hand in the fall that led to Coleman's brain hemorrhage.

"A lot of people sit there and say, yeah, she pushed him," she said. "People are so cruel, they don't even know. I was upstairs, he was downstairs. How am I going to push him? Why would I want to hurt my husband, are you kidding?"

Watch the video here.

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