Apparently, Willis is talkin’ about a secret will. In more bizarre news from the troubled cast of the 80’s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, Todd Bridges has come forward and is claiming that he is in possession of a document containing the final wishes of Gary Coleman.
“[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 in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
“Everybody” presumably includes Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, as well as his estranged parents.
“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.”
Just days after calling for an investigation into his death, the Colemans have hired an attorney in Salt Lake City and are planning to seek custody of their son’s remains for burial in his native Zion, Ill.
Coleman’s ex-manager, Victor Perillo, said the former child star’s parents have a right to his remains since he was secretly divorced from wife, even though Price had the final say on whether or not Gary should have been taken off life support and made the final decision to do so.
“All they want is for their son to come home, which is all they wanted for years before their son got taken away from them by a group of people who think they own actors,” Perillo told E! News Thursday.
“The Colemans are not attacking anybody, all they want is his body back,” he said. “There has been a lot in the press about how they stole money, but they never stole a dime.”
According to Perillo, it was Coleman’s former accountant who he disliked, not his parents.
“It was the accountant/business manager, not his parents,” Perillo said, “but all we hear is that [Sue and Willie] took money from the kid. Meanwhile, two months after Diff’rent Strokes is off the air, they went back to work. Sue is a nurse and Will works in a factory. They have been working for 22 years. Where is all this money they supposedly stole? They have lost him twice: First, when people took him away at 19, and now they lose him at death and these people are still fighting for him. We want his legacy to be about his magnificent talent and not this nonsense,” Perillo added.
Meanwhile, Prince defended her decision to allow doctors to take Coleman off life support. “I don’t want people to be so hard on me thinking that I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn’t have made it anyway. His heart would have just given out,” she told TMZ. “But you know, be in my situation. I mean look what happened with Terri Schiavo. I always think of her case—always when it comes to this. I mean Gary was gone. His eyes were dilated. He wasn’t…he was just gone.”
Bridges, meanwhile, asked fans to remember Coleman kindly even though his adult years had been troubles. “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,” said Bridges. “So when he hit the world at an adult age, he wasn’t prepared.”
Coleman died at the age of 42 last Friday.
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