Gary Coleman’s psycho ex begs fans for money; Todd Bridges has his ‘secret will’

I thought that after Gary Coleman died we’d mourn the loss of a child actor who lived a hard knock life and that would be the end of the story. Instead there are all these legal and ethical issues surrounding his death and estate. The circumstances of his death seem suspicious, especially in light of the very callous way his ex wife described Gary’s bleeding head wound to the 911 operator. She was more concerned with having to deal with the sight of blood than helping her dying husband.

Yesterday we saw an eye-opening video with Gary’s ex, Shannon Price, defending her decision to pull life support after just one day and denying that she had any hand in his accident. It was unconvincing to say the least, especially in light of the fact that Price seemed to care less about what happened to Gary than one might care about a pet. She wasn’t broken up about his death at all.

TMZ has more videos with Price, taken just one day after Gary’s death. She’s even worse in the follow-up segments and goes on at length about how she loved to spend money in Vegas and the fact that she has no money to pay for the actor’s funeral. Price asks fans to chip in to pay for the funeral. In another video, she declares that Gary wasn’t like Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears because he didn’t party all the time. Then she says she respected the fact that Gary didn’t want to hang out with other celebrities as they have issues. Whatever happened to Gary, he was not surrounded by people who gave a sh*t about him. This woman is vile and was probably using Gary for his money and status.

There’s news that Gary’s parents, who were estranged from him for his entire adult life, want possession of his body so they can properly bury their son. Gary sued his parents in 1989 for allegedly stealing his earnings from Diff’rent Strokes, something they deny and blame on a business manager. They now have filed a probate action, meaning they want a court to decide what to do with the body and whatever was left of Gary’s estate. Along with the probate action, they issued an ominous statement that “they’ve heard the rumors” without specifying exactly what they heard.

Since Shannon Price divorced Gary in 2008, the Colemans may be able to bury Gary in their hometown of Illinois, depending on what the courts decide. Gary’s funeral in Utah, where he was living with Shannon, was scheduled for Saturday. Shannon can’t pay for it anyway and probably doesn’t care what happens to Gary’s body as long as she can keep the plasma TV and that car he gave her. She’s probably long spent whatever was left of his money considering that she bitched to TMZ that she was broke.

There may be a solution to all of the issues over Gary’s estate and burial. His old costar, Todd Bridges, claims to have paperwork containing Coleman’s wishes as to how his death and estate be handled. It presumably cuts his parents out entirely. Bridges explained to ET:

“[A friend of mine and I] have paperwork, and we’ll bring it out soon, that will show what his wishes were and what he wanted,” Bridges said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “There’s a big fight going on with his parents and some other people involved, and after we bring this paperwork out, everybody’s going to shut up…”

Gary had certain wishes [to exclude his parents]. I’m not going to go against a dying man’s wishes,” Bridges continued. “There’s a reason why he didn’t speak to them for 23 years…”

Bridges, meanwhile, said that his former pal had recently had heart surgery, in addition to a history of kidney problems and seizures, and asked fans to remember Coleman kindly, despite his sometimes troubled adulthood.

“Imagine having major health problems. Imagine getting ripped off of all your money. Imagine being raised in a household where he wasn’t taught how to love himself or to love others around him,” said Bridges. “So when he hit the world at an adult age, he wasn’t prepared.”

[From E! Online]

Even with this new paperwork from Bridges, it sounds like this battle is far from over. I hope we don’t see more of Shannon Price unless she’s being hauled in for questioning, though. She is one scary individual.

Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges are shown in 2006. Gary is shown alone in the header in 2008. Those photos credit: Other photos are screencaps from videos available on



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  1. Something doesn’t sit right here. This is all just off. By this I am not talking Bridges I am talking ex-wifey – it’s so odd.

  2. embertine says:

    Obviously this doesn’t proclude her also being a horrible person, but I always got the impression she was a bit developmentally challenged.

    I mean, in the entertainment industry that’s a pretty low standard because most actresses talk as though they have a head injury, but still.

  3. YT says:

    Shannon is dumb, immature, and narcissistic. His parents are no prize either. They might make some money through selling old, signed photos of him and thereby need control of his estate. What a mess.

    He seemed to care about Shannon and not his parents, so I’m for whatever was important to him. I hope Todd does have some paperwork that will hold up in court.

  4. Lem says:

    Todd Bridges seems to have truly turned around, he seems like a good guy
    I think Gary was not surrounded by people who loved him… because there sadly wasn’t anyone.
    there were fans, who he didn’t embrace. Anyone else is likely as unstable as Gary was. (al-la his wife)

  5. a says:

    …eloquently put by todd bridges.

  6. meme says:

    as Michael K says SOMETHING IN THE MILK AIN’T CLEAN. poor gary.

  7. Anastasia says:

    Let’s please not refer to him as her husband. He was her ex-husband.

  8. Q says:

    Every time Bridges says something I get the feeling he’s the only person who ever looked out for and genuinely cared about Gary.

  9. Kelaa Khaa says:

    When I look at pictures of SP I get the heebies; she seems like an energy vampire trying to get some fame over her late husbands misfortune.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Who would have ever guessed that Todd Bridges would be the lone voice of reason here? I agree he seems to have turned his life around, and I respect that. Glad Gary had someone to trust, and seeing his ex-wife, he was wise to trust Todd instead.
    I hope she doesn’t get one penny – I’d love to see any money Gary had left exclude her and his parents, and go to some worthy charity.

  11. GatsbyGal says:

    This only further proves my theory that women named Shannon are never to be trusted.

  12. Me says:

    I love that Todd Bridges is being a good friend to Gary. I think it’s very sweet.

  13. irishserra says:

    Shannon Price is really too stupid to be conniving or devious in any way. She really seems to be just lost at this point, and it’s evident that Gary Coleman was the only source of stability she had (as ironic as that may be).

    Also consider the fact that he was still living with Shannon after their divorce. Apparently he still wanted to take care of her, but didn’t want to be legally bound.

    I think this sad stupid girl should be minimally helped so that she can move on and find someone else. Let Gary RIP.

  14. meme says:

    @me – meme seconds that. How lucky Gary was to have such a loyal and loving friend.

  15. Tia C says:

    “I hope we don’t see more of Shannon Price unless she’s being hauled in for questioning, though. She is one scary individual.”


    She does seem developmentally challenged. That combined with no conscience and no soul is a volatile and dangerous combo. I hope Todd Bridges really can shut her (and Gary’s parents) up.

  16. Nadia says:

    Todd – you’re a sweetheart.

  17. original kate says:

    ladies and gentleman, meet the next octo-mom.

  18. teehee says:

    What abotu an autopsy??? I hope they perfom one if they havent already, before he ever does get buried, wherever he goes!

  19. KsGirl says:

    The overwhelming feeling here is one of sadness. What a sad, tragic life. I’m worried Britney will end up this way. Famous young, surrounded by vultures, none of whom really had her interests at heart, growing older isolated and sad.

    His wife – well I agree she doesn’t seem broken up in any way about his death, but until the police or someone official says something about her being under suspicion, I think I’ll go along with selfish and stupid, too.

  20. Liz says:

    OriginalKate, I agree. She even looks quite similar to octo-mom. Considering the latter got her face by surgery and the former did not… Well yea.

  21. Constance says:

    Yesterday I thought “Girl is mentally ill, I doubt she pushed him.”

    Now… I’m wondering if she didn’t push him, but went in for the kill shot at the hospital thinking she could cash in. TMZ is a edit/sound bite nightmare and I blame them…

    But that girl has something SERIOUSLY wrong in her brainpan.

  22. ! says:

    Nice theory, but Gary didn’t have any money. OR status.

    I’m thinking the reason she is so cold is because Gary was an angry abusive person. Have we all forgotten that? Everyone is so caught up talking about how much they loved him that they seem to forget the domestic disturbances between these two, the rage filled out bursts Gary would have. I’m not saying she’s innocent or guilty, but if she doesn’t seem too broken up about it or doesn’t have much nice to say it’s probably because they had a volatile, abusive, violent relationship.

  23. Jesse says:

    As a case worker, I’ve seen couples fight to the point where it gets physical, and it’s nasty.

    I had to break apart a couple where the woman was beating the shit out of a guy with a vacuum hose, another woman was so pissed at her husband, she chucked a glass ashtray across the room and it just missed his head – no doubt it could have knocked him out cold had it made contact.

    Toxic relationships last forever because the individuals involved become addicted to the drama – they have no sense to compromise, it’s a struggle for control over each other, all the while falling back on the emotional rollercoster of the ‘honeymoon’ stage. It becomes a vicious cycle of me me me me.

    I don’t think she planned a murder, but I can see her in a fit of rage either throwing something at him, or whacking him in the head with an object (in her words – pushing him down the stairs). She makes it clearly obvious she was in it for the celebrity factor – asking his fans for money proves how selfish and ignorant she really is. I’d like to consider myself a functioning human being, my remedy is to find a JOB and start paying bills that need paying.

    This woman was riding his back, killed him and is still squandering his name. Pathetic. Sad.

    The only thing more pathetic than this is the investigation being dropped and the authorities deeming this as an accident – washed their hands of it.

    Without addressing her mental state, this will leave the door open for this woman to repeat her behaviour on someone else. Someone else is going to be abused by her. And when it DOES happen again, she may be surprised when it’s her in a hospital bed.

    It will be interesting to see who she will hook up with next – I bet she will be stalking senior centres.

  24. Jeri says:

    Tragic. Wish Gary the best most respectful & peaceful conclusion.

  25. sally says:

    Illinois is not a homeTOWN

  26. gen says:

    He was my first big crush. There is graffiti somewhere in the mojavi desert that says “GG + GC = Love 4-ever” I wrote him & got signed pics & letters, man I wish I still had those. He was the cutest when he was on Different Strokes with those cheeks. What a shame.

  27. Bopa says:

    I hope this will is real and Todd is doing the right thing.