I didn’t want to title this story “Gary Coleman death photos for sale,” but that’s basically what it is. We heard from Gary’s ex wife, Shannon Price, that she was broke and needed money to pay for Gary’s funeral, which was to be held last weekend but was canceled in light of a legal challenge from his family followed by the emergence of a will from 1999. The late actor’s funeral is now pending, with Coleman’s former manager stepping in on his behalf to state that Price cannot hold a funeral or take control of Coleman’s assets. The executor noted that Price has “absolutely no rights or authority, with regard to the disposition of Gary’s remains, services, estate management.”
On the 911 tape and in subsequent interviews posted on TMZ, Price seemed to have absolutely no empathy for Gary and was very matter of fact about both his supposed accident and her decision to pull the plug after only one day on life support. She also went on at length about how she loved to spend money in Vegas and get pampered. That’s a curious topic for a woman who just lost the ex she was living with and still refers to as her husband.
Now TMZ reports that some photos have emerged of Coleman in the hospital on life support, and right after he was taken off support and was already dead. Given how Price has reacted so far, and the fact that only immediate family and hospital personnel would be allowed in the room, she’s the primary suspect as the source. (Price had an advance healthcare directive from Coleman that allowed her to make medical decisions for him, even though they were divorced at the time of his “accident”.) The photos are being shopped for around five figures:
TMZ has learned a series of photos of Gary Coleman in the hospital are being shopped around to the media — and in one of the photos … Gary is already dead.
We’ve seen one of the photos and declined to even look at the rest. In the pic, Gary is in the hospital, his eyes are closed and he is hooked up to a ventilation machine. It is not a pleasant sight.
The person selling the photos claims to have four photos — the one we were shown was taken about an hour before he died. The final photo was taken after he was taken off life support.
Asking price is in the low five figures.
That just makes my stomach turn. This guy was taken advantage of by being put into show business as a small child, and he never got over that. He ended up married to a woman who was so cold and unfeeling she (probably) is taking advantage of him in death too. You know he would hate that, and it’s doubtful his 1999 will contains a provision for blocking photos of him in the media after he died. Who would imagine that a loved one would stoop that f’ing low?
Adding credence to the assumption that Shannon is the one selling the photos, she’s also trying to sell a video tour of the home where Coleman died, and is asking up to $50,000 for video interviews, according to Radar Online.
Photo below thanks to TMZ