*The Globe magazine has been outed as the tabloid that purchased photos of Gary Coleman’s last moments, and the price tag was $10,000.
His ex-wife, Shannon Price, reportedly took photos of the actor as he lay in a coma in the hospital, then, shopped the pictures to various tabloid outlets.
A magazine insider tells Popeater.com that the photos “are so tasteless that none of the glossy magazines wanted to bid on them. This allowed Globe to get them so cheap.”
Todd Bridges, who starred alongside Coleman in “Diff’rent Strokes,” vented on Twitter about the photo leak, saying, “To find out pics of Gary Coleman in his last days got out I hope someone burns in hell for this one … Only one person could be behind this and this is so dang sick to say you love someone and do this — yeah right.”
In one of the pictures, seen here on the Globe Web site, Shannon leans down and poses next to Coleman as he is hooked up to tubes.
Meanwhile, more details of Coleman’s will have emerged since reports of its filing Tuesday in Provo, Utah.
As previously reported, the actor requests that his remains be cremated, and that only “those who have no financial ties to me and who can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman,” be invited to his funeral.
In addition, “I direct my personal representative to permit no members of the press to be present at my wake or funeral,” the will states.
The 1999 document appoints his former manager Dion Mial, 46, as executor of his estate, giving him broad powers to set funeral plans in motion, assess the value of the estate and decide how any money is to be paid out according to a trust, the details of which were not revealed.
Coleman died relatively broke, with his main asset being his $315,000 Utah home, according to Mial’s attorney Kent Alderman.
“Before anyone gets paid, his medical and funeral bills have to be covered first,” Alderman tells People. “Whatever’s left after that will be distributed according to his trust.”
In the court documents accompanying the will, Mial expresses concern that Price, 24, “has been removing personal property from [Coleman’s] home which has not been inventoried or accounted for.”
Mial has lashed out against Coleman’s ex, accusing her of trying to profit off Coleman’s death by selling interviews and photos.
Price’s spokeswoman, Sheila Erickson, declined to comment on the allegations, but said Price intends to contest the 1999 will. Price claims she has a 2007 will in which Coleman would leave her everything.
However, Alderman says the ex-couple’s divorce effectively nullifies any other will.
It remains to be seen if Coleman’s parents, Sue, 67, and Willie Coleman, 71, whom the actor stopped communicating with around 1995, will be invited to any funeral. They are not mentioned by name in the will. It was Mial who Coleman’s parents once blamed for turning their son against them in the late ’80s.