Despite the controversy over his estate, one of Gary Coleman’s wishes has been carried out. Coleman’s body was cremated on Thursday at the Salt Lake City mortuary, reports E! Online.
Robert Jeffs, who is temporarily in charge of Coleman’s estate, made a statement, “The proceeding was conducted in accordance with Mr. Coleman’s desires as expressed in his will that no funeral service, wake or other ceremony memorialize his passing.”
The ashes will be stored until the court can come to a decision as to who should be permanently in charge of the late actor’s estate.
A close friend to Coleman, Anna Gray, Diff’rent Strokes star Todd Bridges, and author Kent Emmons are said to be planning a private memorial and Emmons said, “Absolutely under no circumstances will Shannon be invited.”
PerezHilton reports that Gary’s agent, Robert Malcolm, claims that Todd Bridges and ex-manager Dion Mial begged Shannon to keep Gary alive.
Malcolm is quoted as saying “Dion and Todd both begged her not to pull the plug.”
This is just further evidence that Shannon is not the caring and patient wife she is claiming to be.
TMZ reports further that the certificate also lists the cause of death being “closed head injury,” complicated by “chronic renal failure.”
TMZ believes the information was provided by Shannon Price. Evidence supports that the two were in fact not married, and divorced in 2008.
TMZ has obtained a clip from the pilot, where Gary can be saying to Shannon, “All you care about is the money.” He continues by saying the only way he can make a buck is by making appearances in places like Madison, Wisconsin.
The life coach’s first task for Gary? Get a real job selling used cars. The theory behind this being it will get Gary earning some money and also get him in the public eye. Gary apparently had serious social anxieties.
You can see the entire clip here - http://www.tmz.com/videos?autoplay=true&mediaKey=cd8ac541-2c74-480d-9074-0b2d5af0e0d3&isShareURL=true
PopEater reports that the tabloid purchased the photos for $10,000. Many believe these photos may result in the best selling issue of the year for the magazine.
“They are going to sell a crazy amount of magazines,” a source that has seen the images tells PopEater. “Yes, it’s an ugly decision to run pictures of a man in his hospital bed minutes before he died, but dead celebrities sell.”
PerezHilton reports that Coleman’s parents wish to honour their son’s instructions, and hope those in charge are responsible and treat Gary’s memory with respect. PerezHilton also reports that Gary’s ex-wife Shannon Price maybe in charge of the estate.
Sue and Willie’s lawyer, Frederick A. Jackman, issued a statement on behalf of the couple.
“From the start, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman’s intention has been to see that Gary’s wishes be honored and that his affairs be taken care of properly. They wanted to do things the right way, and they urge those still involved to do the same. The Colemans ask that everyone please treat Gary with respect and kindness. They feel it is time for him to find peace and let his spirit go.”
PEOPLE reports that Gary’s lawyer says the two were not legally married when Gary died.
“I can confirm they’ve been divorced since August 12, 2008,” attorney Randy Kester, who handled the divorce, tells PEOPLE. “At the time of Gary’s death, they were not married. I have no knowledge if they were ever remarried.”
“Gary wanted me to keep their divorce private,” Kester says, “but now that it’s been made public, I’m compelled to say it’s all true.”
“We would’ve loved to have been there by his side at the hospital, to let him know we love him before he passed away,” Sue Coleman, 67, tells PEOPLE. “This is a shock to us. We loved Gary very much. We’re going to miss him.”
“We’re not angry. We’re just concerned. Did our son fall down the stairs? Did he fall in the bathtub? We need to have some closure on our son’s life,” Sue continues.
Coleman’s parents have tried speaking with Gary’s wife Shannon Price, however she has not returned their messages.
“When we found out he got married, we thought, ‘Well, at least he has someone in his life who he cares about and who cares about him.’ We were happy about that. But it’s frustrating that we haven’t heard from the Price family. But it’s possible they didn’t even know we existed. Gary may have told her that he didn’t have any family.”