It has become quite customary to find death photos of celebrities like Gary Coleman “leaked” onto the internet these days. It is quite another thing altogether to find out that members of the deceased’s family or his friends were involved in the taking and dissemination of those photos. But it seems that that is exactly what has occurred in the case of Coleman’s death with regard to a set of photos that were reportedly (by TMZ) being shopped around. TMZ reported Monday that the person behind marketing Gary Coleman’s death bed photos was none other than his wife (ex-wife?), Shannon Price.
Later the same day, TMZ discovered, after turning down a deal on the death photos (which were offered for a paltry low five-figured sum, according to the celebrity gossip site), that the person behind the taking of the photos was Shannon Price. Not only was she behind it, she was also featured in one of the pictures. Worst of all, TMZ learned that Price was to be cut in on the deal.
The last two weeks, since news of Gary Coleman suffered an accident and subsequently developed a brain hemorrhage, have seen Shannon Price treated with both compassion and suspicion. Although many worried about the relationship she had with Coleman and how some act of domestic violence may have been at the root of the accident, many also gave the 24-year-old wife the benefit of the doubt. But when Coleman died after the swift decision of Shannon Price to take him off of life support only hours after he slipped into a coma, the general sentiment became one of concern. Her reticence won her little support as well. Even Coleman’s estranged parents asked Price to open up, talk about the accident and let everyone know what happened.
But before Price talked of what occurred, the 911 call was released to the public. Although it remained unclear as to the circumstances as to how Coleman ended up on the floor in a pool of his own blood, the conversation with the dispatcher seemed to make it seem as if Price was sincerely attempting to get help for her fallen husband. But Price was also reluctant to physically help her husband (afraid the sight of blood would send her into seizures, she claimed), which caused more than a few negative comments about how much she cared about her 42-year-old husband.
It was also discovered that the two had been secretly divorced in 2008. Some wondered about Shannon Price’s right to make the decision to take the actor off of life support, but the hospital assured the public that Coleman had given his ex-wife(?) legal right to do so.
Still, Gary Coleman has yet to be buried. At present there seem to be at least three or four wills that have surfaced which will see a contest of his estate. Before the first will was filed, Shannon Price was challenged by Coleman’s parents to her right of deciding the actor’s funeral and burial arrangements. Although the parents dropped their contention, Gary Coleman’s body couldn’t be interred over the weekend as planned anyway — the actor’s body had been delivered to the Utah state medical examiner’s office for investigation into the cause of death.
And now, as if his death has become some cynical dark comedy, Gary Coleman’s own wife has allegedly attempted to sell photos of the famed child-star. One of the photos is reported to be of Coleman after he died.
Opportunism can sometimes be a decidedly unseemly thing…