PREACH IT! The Gary Coleman mess: We didn’t know we could cringe any harder
Gary Coleman still isn’t interred.
The stubborn delays in funeral arrangements have triggered two rather inconvenient side effects: (1) sanctimonious fans leaping onto the Intertubes to condemn reporters for not “letting him rest in peace” -- as if Coleman is hovering over a laptop somewhere, weeping over every word -- and (2) heavy exposure to spokespeople who really love exclamation points. (I recently reached out to a rep for Shannon Price, Coleman’s ex, to ask about what kinds of assets the actor may have left behind. The five-sentence response included four exclamation points. We now know that “Gary and Shannon were very happy in the end!”)
The latest in the Coleman burial saga? Radar Online is reporting that the mortuary holding Coleman's body is going to court to have a judge decide what to do with the man’s remains. That’s because ...
It gets worse. Deathbed photos of Coleman were released this week under shady circumstances. First, Price denied having anything to do with the pics. Then she didn’t. And oh: Dion thinks “foul play” was involved in Coleman’s death, even though police say that at the moment they don’t suspect anything hinky.
Speaking of hinky: Price and her agent have been rummaging around in Coleman’s house looking for documents for the purposes of no-one-is-sure-what. The locks have since been changed at the behest of Dion, who insists that only he, as the executor, has the right to do said rummaging. And everybody else is just feeling so, so terrible for that poor Gary Coleman -- even though the guy wasn't stupid and, after years of friendship, had to know the nature of the associates he chose.
Somehow we suspect that, by the time we post this, there will be fresh drama on the Coleman front. Time to go fetch the waders out of storage.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photo: Gary Coleman at a June 8, 2008, rehearsal for the TV Land Awards. Credit: David Strick / For the Los Angeles Times
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