When Gary Coleman passed away last week at just 42 years old, he was estranged from his parents, Willie and Sue Coleman.
Gary had sued the Colemans, his adoptive parents, years ago and accused them of mismanaging his earnings as a child star and the family never reconciled after the long drawn out court case.
Gary’s parents kept up with their estranged son’s life was through headlines: his marriage, his legal problems, and finally, his hospitalization. They learned of his death from news reports as well and are now questioning his death.Coleman’s Mom and Dad spoke with People about their concerns:
We would’ve loved to have been there by his side at the hospital, to let him know we love him before he passed away. This is a shock to us. We loved Gary very much. We’re going to miss him.
Since the official cause of death hasn’t been determined, Sue Coleman seeks answers from Gary’s wife and has hit the media with questions surrounding his death, which officials would only say that an “accident” occurred in the actor’s Santaquin, Utah, home on Wednesday evening, and that Coleman had suffered an intracranial hemorrhage:
“We’re not pointing fingers at anyone, but we need to know exactly what happened” says Sue, a longtime nurse who lives with her husband, Willie, 71, a retired forklift driver, in suburban Illinois.
“We’re not angry. We’re just concerned. Did our son fall down the stairs? Did he fall in the bathtub? We need to have some closure on our son’s life.”
“We respect the relationship our son had with Shannon,” Sue adds. “When we found out he got married, we thought, ‘Well, at least he has someone in his life who he cares about and who cares about him.’ We were happy about that. But it’s frustrating that we haven’t heard from the Price family. But it’s possible they didn’t even know we existed. Gary may have told her that he didn’t have any family.”
The funeral for Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman will take place Friday or Saturday in Salt Lake City. Coleman’s wife Shannon is currently finalizing the plans, and Coleman’s lawyer Randy Kester released the following statement:
It will be at a funeral home and the family is still deciding if it will be a private event or it will be open to his fans, too.
Although Gary was not a deeply religious person he did believe in an after life. Although I cannot discuss personal details like if he had a legal will or if he will be buried or cremated.
I just spoke with his wife Shannon and she is still shocked that Gary has gone,but she is getting on with planning the funeral now and taking care of the business aspect of things.
I’m not aware that Gary had mountains of debt or anything like that and he was getting-by doing jobs here and there.
It’s sad that he died aged only 42, but the doctors did not think he would make it past 25 because all of his health issues.