While most of the chatter about last night’s BET Awards has been focused around Chris Brown’s emotional breakdown during his performance of “Man In The Mirror,” it’s worth noting that there was also a lot of action on the red carpet before last night’s festivities, too. In particular, VH1 News’ own Janell Snowden — follow her on Twitter! — was able to get a few moments with Todd Bridges, former Diff’rent Strokes star and longtime confidant of the late Gary Coleman. Bridges was there, of course, to honor the memory of his old friend, which he accomplished when he got the whole crowd to shout “Whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?” But on the red carpet, Bridges appeared to be a bit angrier at the chain of events that led to Coleman’s unexpected passing. He had stern words for both Coleman’s parents and his ex-wife, Shannon Price, telling Janell that “something’s fishy” and that he hopes that “God looks into [his death] and the police look into it.”
There’s been a lot of dispute since Gary Coleman passed away. Specifically between his ex-wife Shannon Price and his parents about who’ll get his estate. In the wake of all this upheaval, news about his final wishes have surfaced.
Price say’s that he wished to be cremated and that he wanted his ashes to be scattered around train tracks. She say’s he asked, “To spread some of them around some train tracks because trains were his hobby and he loved that very much. And I think that he would really appreciate that I did that for him.”
The couple reportedly used to feud over his train hobby. Jordan Prentince, a co-star on his last movie Midgets vs. Mascots said, “He once bought her a train set as a gift. She was furious.”
Price also adds that she has a legal document stating that “he wanted me to have everything.” Elaborating further she said, “His financial problems have always been bad with people stealing from him. Gary hasn’t been able to take care of finances very well because no one taught him. [But] we survived through everything. I had some family help us. My family’s been very supportive [of us].” We think he should be cremated in peace without any more campaigning.
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Gary Coleman died tragically last week. There’s been some controversy in the wake. His ex-wife Shannon Price was by his side in the hospital, and she was the one authorized doctors to take him off life support. The problem is that Price and Coleman secretly divorced close to two years ago in August 2008, therefore making the fact that she made that all-important decision to pull the plug on Coleman questionable.
Randy Kester, Coleman’s lawyer, said, “I was the attorney for the divorce proceedings. Out of a respect for Gary’s privacy, up until it became public, I didn’t want to say anything.” He added, “Their relationship has been on-again, off-again. I know that there were periods of time where she resided in the home with Gary, and there were periods of time where she didn’t.”
This revelation also raises disputes with regards to Coleman’s estate. His estranged parents Sue and Willie Coleman might “file a probate action which will ask the court to make a determination as to who [Gary’s] heirs are,” Kester adds.
Complicated much? “No one’s come forward with what appears to be a valid will. No one’s come forward with anything that would indicate that his parents would not end up being his heirs” Kester reveals.
According to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Price had the right to make the decision and they released a statement saying Gary had signed an “Advanced Health Care Directive that granted Shannon Price permission to make medical decisions on his behalf if he was unable to do so.” Hospital officials say that the document stands regardless of marital status, unless the patient changes it.
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