Gary Coleman's Ex-Agent "Appalled" Ex-Wife Took Photos of Him Dying

Celebrity News Jun. 8, 2010 AT 10:23AM
Gary Coleman's Ex-Agent "Appalled" Ex-Wife Took Photos of Him Dying Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.com

Victor Perillo, Gary Coleman's former agent, is sick after hearing reports that his ex-wife Shannon Price took photos of the former child star -- who died May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage-- on his death bed.

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According to TMZ, the photos show Coleman in the hospital with tubes attached to his body. An unspecified tabloid has purchased them for possible publication, the site also reports. Though Price's rep confirms Price and her family took pictures, the rep tells E! News: "They were never meant to get out."

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But Perillo tells Us: "While Gary Coleman's family continues to privately grieve the passing of their son, they would like to thank all of his fans for their generous support. This kind gentle soul left the world with many beautiful memories to cherish. That is why I am personally appalled to hear the news that individuals are selling photos of Gary in the hospital. This is unconscionable and despicable. I would like to praise all the reputable news organizations that declined the offers. I hope others will do the same out of respect and human decency."

Coleman's former Diff'rent Strokes costar Todd Bridges even Twittered: "To find out pics of Gary Coleman in his last days got out, I hope someone burns in hell for this one."

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