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ET’s Kevin Frazier confronts Gary Coleman’s ex-wife Shannon Price about the controversial hospital deathbed photo on the cover of Globe magazine, out now. Why did she take it?

“I know who took them but I want to deal with it privately between that person and I,” Shannon tells Kevin. Asked who took the shots, she replies, “I believe it was a close family member, but I did not authorize them [and] did not authorize them to give them to anyone.” When asked if the person who sold the picture was the person who had the only other copy, she replies, “Correct.” Shannon says she has not profited from the pictures sold to Globe, and when Kevin gave her a copy she said she was seeing it for the first time.

“Why would they want to be so malicious?” asks Shannon. “That’s brutal, tragic, upsetting that someone would put this out.”
Shannon says she’s frustrated that someone sold the pictures, “Because it comes back on me. Everyone thinks, ‘Oh she did it because she’s in it.’”

Shannon does admit to taking other pictures of Gary on her phone because she wanted to hold on to their last moment. “I wanted to have something that I could hold dear to my heart,” she says. “This was my last moment with him.”

As far as the battle of Gary’s will goes, Gary’s former manager Dion Mial is no longer fighting for the estate and the body, leaving Shannon and Anna Gray, who has been CEO of Gary’s company. “She was living with us for two months before Gary had kicked her out,” says Shannon. “He kicked her out because she spit beer on me. She was drinking one night and was out of control. And so Gary kicked her out. … She had told Gary she was jealous of me because I was coming in between him and her. And I said. ‘I thought you guys were never in a relationship,’ and he said she had thought in her mind we were together. Gary never saw her that way.”

A photo of Gary Coleman on his death bed was published this morning by The Globe tabloid magazine. The picture shows Coleman in a hospital bed with a bandaged head and tubes attached to his body while his ex-wife Shannon Price poses next to him!

Price is believed to have sold the pictures to the tabloid for $10,000. The release of his dying photos is the latest in the bizarre incidents surrounding his death including an interview where his estranged wife told Entertainment Tonight her plans to,

“Spread some of [his ashes] 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.”

Several higher end magazines reportedly refused to buy the tasteless photos before the Globe purchased them.

The latest issue of the Globe also promises a look into evidence that Coleman may have been murked…

Sitcom legend Gary Coleman was the victim of shocking foul play, a top investigator says after examining blood splatter evidence found at the pint-sized actor’s Utah home after he was discovered lying on the kitchen floor with a gaping head wound.

SMH… that 911 call says it all

Meanwhile, if her recent behavior is any indication, she may need to stay away from Coleman’s wake. According to Salt Lake Tribune reports, in his last known will and testament the “Diff’rent Strokes” actor didn’t want anyone to attend his wake who is only interested in his money.

The will, which was drafted April 5, 1999, names his former manager, Dion Mial, as the executor. The document was filed for probate in 4th District Court in Provo on Tuesday.

The brief two-page document, obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday, outlines that Coleman be cremated and that a wake be held in his honor. It specifies that the service be “conducted by those who have had no financial ties to me and can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman.”

The final wish of the actor is that his personal representative “permit no members of the press to be present at my wake or funeral.”

Coleman also bequeaths his entire estate to Mial, of Los Angeles. Should Mial be unable to act as executor, the will appoints his sister, Monique Madrid Marcum to serve in his place.

The court is now expected to post a “notice to interested parties” alerting those connected with the estate that the will has been entered as probate. Traditionally, anyone who wishes to contest the will has 10 days to respond.

The actor’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, 24, has claimed through a representative that she plans to fight the will. An amendment to the document, known as a codicil, was handwritten by Coleman in 2007 shortly after the couple were married and apparently gives all remaining assets to her.

But Mial’s Salt Lake City attorney, Kent B. Alderman, states that the codicil is not valid because the couple had been divorced in 2008 and had not since remarried.

Meanwhile, Price was seeking out an attorney Tuesday. Her spokeswoman, Sheilia Erickson said that police barred Price’s family from taking personal belongings from Coleman’s Santaquin house Monday.

A Santaquin police officer arrived at the home as Price’s father was loading a truck with things from the home.

“He [the officer] said the truck was to be unloaded and put back into the garage,” Erickson said. “They were loading the truck with her arts and crafts, her clothing and her personal belongings, even though Shannon does own the deed to the house.”

Shannon shot a video interview within 24 hours of his death and cashed in on that. That two-hour interview was sold off in parts.

She then immediately shopped another interview, asking for up to $50,000 for a sit-down interview as one of her representatives contacted various media outlets. And at the same time, she was in line to profit from the sale of a last video interview with Gary.

Price and Coleman were secretly divorced a few years ago, but still lived together. He granted her the authority to make the medical decision to take him off life support. Their relationship was stormy nearly the entire time they were together.

Now, with Coleman’s death sparking a battle over his funeral and control of his estate, one thing that Price is firmly in control of is cashing in on memories of Gary.

At one point her taped interview was competing with a live interview she was offering – creating a bizarre situation within the days after Gary’s death.

Price says she is struggling financially, yet in one interview, she brags about buying “high end stuff” during shopping sprees in Las Vegas with Gary.

“We went to Vegas a lot, because I love Vegas. I love getting pampered there I love shopping there,” she says. “Obviously I would buy the high end stuff. But we always had to stay in Caesars Palace because that’s where I would shop.

“We always got the Bellagio Fountain View room, because we were obsessed with watching that fountain.”

When Price met Coleman she claimed their “finances were great,” but now the ex-wife says she doesn’t know how she’s going to survive, even going so far as to make a plea to fans to send money along with all their emails of encouragement. She has also begged fans to pay for Coleman’s funeral.

“Our life together has not always been the best financially and right now I’m struggling to figure out what I’m going to do for the funeral costs,” she said in one of the sold interviews.

“I mean, I don’t know how I’m going to survive. It’s been a rough while because Gary hasn’t had much work because of his health…now I basically have nothing… I’m just wishing and hoping that people will pour out to us and really show their compassion like they have been sending the letters and emails.”

A week after Gary Coleman’s untimely death at age 42, his former “Diff’rent Strokes” co-star is speaking out about what he claims is the late actor’s secret will.

Todd Bridges, 45, who played older brother Willis to Coleman’s Arnold on the hit series, told “Entertainment Tonight” that he is in possession of a document containing his old friend’s final wishes.

“[A friend of mine and I] have paperwork, and we’ll bring it out soon, that will show…… what his wishes were and what he wanted,” Bridges said. “There’s a big fight going on with his parents and some other people involved, and after we bring this paperwork out, everybody’s going to shut up.”

Sue and Willie Coleman are seeking custody of their son’s body. Coleman had a tumultuous relationship with his parents, successfully suing them and a former business manager in 1989 for misappropriating the money he earned as a child star.

“Gary had certain wishes [to exclude his parents]. I’m not going to go against a dying man’s wishes,” Bridges continued. “There’s a reason why he didn’t speak to them for 23 years.”

Also in the picture is Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, whom he divorced in 2008 but remained extremely close to. Price placed the 911 call upon discovering Coleman had hit his head – and was also the one to order he be taken off life support following his brain hemorrhage, raising questions of whether she had the right to do so.

“I don’t think anyone is looking at criminal wrongdoing here, but this raises the issue of the appropriateness of her making the decision to take him off life support,” lawyer Randy Kester, who handled Coleman’s divorce from 24-year-old Price, told the Daily News.

It is unclear whether Price and Coleman may have remarried after their divorce.

“The arrangement we’re working on now is to get Gary back to his next of kin, which is his parents,” Coleman’s former manager and family spokesman Victor Perillo told The Associated Press. “The funeral home has been notified, the sheriff’s office, we’ve notified them that there is to be no communication on where the body is to go unless it’s dealt with legally with Gary’s next of kin, and that’s the way it stands right now.”

Bridges asked fans to have sympathy for Coleman’s health problems and the difficult life he had faced.

“Imagine having major health problems. Imagine getting ripped off of all your money. Imagine being raised in a household where he wasn’t taught how to love himself or to love others around him,” Bridges said. “So when he hit the world at an adult age, he wasn’t prepared.”

Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week, the hospital tells TMZ.

We’ve learned Gary’s wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM.

We’re told Coleman died at 12:05 PM MST. He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

Family members and close friends were at Coleman’s side when life support was pulled.