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Gary Coleman's death ruled accidental, case closed

October 6, 2010 |  5:16 pm

Gary Coleman Gary Coleman's death has been ruled an accident, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, and local police have closed their investigation. 

"There was no struggle," said a spokesman from Utah's Santaquin Police Department. "There’s no indication of anything else here than an accident."

An autopsy determined he'd suffered a head injury in an accidental fall, and that he also was suffering renal failure and significant blockage of his coronary arteries -- not surprising news, given his sketchy health in the months before his death.

The onetime child star fell on May 26 and died two days later after ex-wife Shannon Price, who still had authority over his medical decisions, had life support removed.

In the wake of Coleman's death, somewhat of a circus evolved, with squabbles over funeral arrangements, the disposition of the body, the fate of his cremains, and whether any trains would be involved. Some also questioned whether Price had the right to pull the plug in the first place, and then there was also the issue of those deathbed pictures.

Case closed.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Gary Coleman at a  2008 rehearsal for the TV Land Awards. Credit: David Strick / For The  Times

Earlier Gary Coleman dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

Gary Coleman's show will go on in upstate New York

Gary Coleman pleads guilty after declaring zero supply of (but apparent demand for?) nude photos of himself

PREACH IT! Gary Coleman's penis story now officially a saga

  PREACH IT! The penis stays in the picture