Authorities have confirmed that “Diff’rent Strokes” actor Gary Coleman’s death has been ruled an accident.
Santaquin Police Chief Dennis Howard said an autopsy found Coleman died of natural causes after an accidental fall. The finding matches the evidence police found at Coleman’s Santaquin home on May 26.
[READ: R.I.P. Gary Coleman (1968-2010)]
The state medical examiner’s conclusions bring the police investigation into the death to a close.
The 42-year-old actor died at a Provo hospital two days after his fall. His “wife,” Shannon Price, made the decision to take him off of life support after she was told he suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Rumors swirled that Gary’s estranged wife, who he’d faced several domestic altercations over the years [CLICK HERE view their joint mugshots], may have been responsible for his death…. and she got a big side-eye after allegedly selling Coleman’s deathbed photos for $10,000.
Price and Coleman were officially divorced when he died but she has petitioned the Utah courts to recognize her common law relationship with Coleman from the date of their divorce through his May 28 death. She is seeking the recognition as part of an ongoing legal battle over Coleman’s estate, which includes the house in Santaquin, about 65 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Coleman, who was cremated weeks after his death, left multiple wills, although a note handwritten by Coleman days after his 2007 marriage names Price his sole heir.
Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Anna Gray contends a 2005 document awards her the estate.