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Gary Coleman's wife too grossed out to help him after fall?

Onetime Denverite Gary Coleman was only 42 when he died last Friday -- and now, People magazine is reporting that his wife, Shannon Price, didn't exactly go the extra mile in trying to assist him after a fall that preceded his death.

In a 9-1-1 recording, she can be heard telling the operator that she's freaked out by all the blood and makes Coleman apply pressure to his own wound because she's too traumatized to do it herself.

No doubt this latest twist will lead to blogosphere snarkiness of the sort that's even popped up on websites devoted to model trains, a Coleman passion he briefly made a career in Denver.

While living in Colorado, Coleman worked at Caboose Hobbies -- a factoid remembered by Guilford Guy, who commented in a Trains.com thread about his passing. He wrote:

He worked at Caboose Hobbies here in Denver at the time. I'll bet there are more Caboose Hobbies receipts with his signature than anything else. I literally tripped over him once. I was going down the isle and he came out of the check stand behind a display. Anyway I bought three copies of that RMC and was going to get him to sign them. Right about them is when he quit Caboose and moved out of town. So they are still sitting here unsigned. Of course I do have his signature on the Caboose Hobbies Christmas picture in MR from 1987? or so.

More train-enthusiast memories of Coleman popped up in comments attached to Channel 31's piece about his death. Cattraxx, from Texas, wrote, "I met Gary in Denver. He sold model trains. We both rode Ducati motorcycles. He was cocky, talking smack, but a real decent guy with a big heart. I will miss him and look forward to riding the twisties with him in heaven."

Less positive, and more racist, were remarks by someone identified as Big Dick Dudley: "I MET THE LITTLE WALKING TALKING CHOCLATE BAR WHEN HE SOLD TRAINS AT CABOOSE HOBBIES HE WAS RUDE AND REFUSED TO ANSWER MY SONS QUESTIONS MAY HE MELT IN PEEEEEACE."

That's hardly the tenor of the talk on another site, MyLargeScale.com. The Coleman thread is not only warm and filled with memories of his time in Denver, but it includes a great link from a Channel 4 piece in which he showed off his trains prior to leaving town.

The clip shows another side of a troubled man whose wife may be in some trouble of her own, at least from a PR standpoint.

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