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Gary Coleman's Ex -- Unwanted at Private Memorial

6/17/2010 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0614_gary_coleman_EX_TMZ_05Gary Coleman's closest friends are arranging a private memorial for the actor -- but TMZ has learned Gary's ex-wife and his parents will not be invited.

TMZ spoke with Kent Emmons and Anna Gray -- two of Gary's good friends whom the actor had selected to help execute his will.

We're told Emmons and Gray are organizing a private memorial for 15-20 of Gary's closest friends -- including Gary's "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Todd Bridges.

We're told the group plans to honor Coleman with a night of "telling fun stories." The event is expected to go down in California sometime in the next few months.

As for why Shannon Price and Gary's parents won't be invited -- we're told Emmons and Gray don't feel it would be appropriate.


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1.

ralph    

Rest in Peace Gary.
You deserve some peace.

1588 days ago
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mo    

It's all very sad. Love should transend human egos and the decisions that would disallow any person from paying homage... Gary is no longer part of the material world that would keep people away...

1588 days ago
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Dr. Marietta Brown    

It is very sad that Gary Coleman did not make peace with his parents. Dont know what happened to there relationship was not there and cant judge and cant go by hear say and whats reported to the media, but forgiveness is a powerful weapon.

1588 days ago
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marshell roper    

I think that Coleman's family should be invited. These people have endured enough pain with losing him while he was alive. Why not let them into his life now that he is dead. I feel that the people who is still keeping them a part can not stand up in say that they are any better then his ex-wife for posing with him in his death bed photos. Gary is in a place now where there is only love and forgiveness. I seriously do not think he would want the conflict to continue between his family through the ones he left behind. Love is what his life should "now"be about. Not, holding on to the pain he had in himself while he was living. God Bless you all.~~Shell

1588 days ago
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LINDAGALE    

THE BITCH REFUSED TO HELP HIM!!! EVEN AT THE URGING OF THE POLICE TO DO SO! WOW!! WOULDN'T YOU HELP ANYONE WHO WAS DYING? AND ESPECIALLY YOUR HUSBAND, AND LOVER!! SHE WILL BE THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA OVER THE WAY SHE TREATED HIM WHEN HE WAS DYING. SHE MIGHT AS WELL LEAVE THE COUNTRY!

1588 days ago
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vernnray    

We don't know who exactly to get this story to but here goes. We're friends with the long time Casting Director (He wrote a book out on Amazon.com, "Tales of a Hollywood Casting Director"} and recently we read where David Hasseloff was thanking everyone, the producers, Bill and Lee Philip Bell, for his brief return to "The Young and The Restless" and for his overall success. Well the fact of the matter is that when he joined Y&R back back in 73 everyone hated him, not his looks, but his acting. The network, the Bells, the producers, everyone wanted to him replaced and told the Casting Director, that had found him, to keep interviewing and looking for another, a better actor. It was this lowly CD that kept telling the powers-to-be to give him more time, to wait to see if the fan mail comes. The rest is history, tons of mail came. And then everyone decided not to care if he wasn't the greatest actor. It was the lowly Casting Director that encouraged everyone to give him more time but no thanks are generated toward his lowly saving efforts.



The sad thing is that this brilliant/creative artist is now alone and about to loose his W.L.A home to foreclosure and all the Hasseloffs he helped, who have made millions, don't have the time to come around anymore....

1588 days ago
7.

Kevin    

Who gives a flying f**k. I'm so sick of hearing about "poor" Gary Coleman and how hard of a life he had. "Oh, his ex is such a bad person" "We're going to have his funeral here or there". Just bury the f**ker already. He's dead. There's no need to drag this on. There are countless lives being lost on a daily basis to more noble things then anything Gary Coleman ever did. RIP and get on with it.

1588 days ago
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patardugno    

I think, that if Shannan really did anything wrong toward Gary from the time the 911 call was made until Gary was taken to the hospital,...the Police & Medical Staff would have refused to allow Shannan in the room with Gary at that time,...& she would not have been able to take the tacky photos.
So, I'm not so convinced that Shannan did anything wrong toward Gary at the house, before or after he fell.

1588 days ago
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makehimpay    

Ok....To leave Gary's wife OUT of his memorial is morally wrong. HE obviously loved her otherwise they would NOT have still been together AFTER he beat her! STOP making this guy into some sort of VICTIM. HE was an angry man who hit his wife. He also attacked a bus driver...another female, and was in court over it. He had many run in's with the law. How often was Bridges with him? How often did they hang out as buddies? Now suddenly he's everywhere talking about his "friend". What a bunch of B.S. While Gary and his wife MAY have been divorced they were living together and she deserves to be there. What's going on here is the vultures are circling and banning together to hopefully get their hands on HIS money and omit his ex-wife who he was STILL with and his parents in order to punish them and get his money for themselves.
I'm betting they won't be putting all of his money into the big rescue shelter he was hoping to build for homeless animals. The "old girl friend", Bridges and the like are looking out for themselves. Also...to OMIT his parents is WRONG and karma is gonna get those who've made that decision! All is forgiven when one dies and goes to heaven which means that Gary has now forgiven his parents, his ex-wife, and has been forgiven by God for being an abusive, angry, man. He is at peace. He most likely is NOT happy with how those he "thought" he could trust are handling things. They are throwing out RUMORS that he was pushed, shoved, etc. to make a woman who took abuse from this little twit for years look guilty. IF she were going to do such a thing she would have done so while married to him because THAT would have assured her his estate! KARMA baby....it's gonna get you low life's who are doing this crap. As for her "refusing" to help him. WHAT exactly was she to do? His skull was cracked open! There was NOTHING she could do to save him. Blood everywhere, her seeing it making her sick...WHAT was she suppose to do? Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together again. That is basically what happened. He FELL, cracked his skull open and you people think she somehow could fix that? Ridiculous!

1588 days ago
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cole    

you're are so right ''lindagale'' she do not need to be at his memorial.god will deal with her crazy ass.may you rest in peace coleman!!!!!!!

1588 days ago
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John G.    

Posted at 1:00 PM on Jun 17, 2010 by Kevin



Kevin you need a hug and a hobby !!!!

1588 days ago
12.

Ashado    

It is all so sad. His X only cares about what money might be coming to her, and so do his parents. I truly hope the answer to them is a big fat 0. It is so sad when you have money and that is all people really care about. I couldn't believe the TMZ interview with that so called Wife or Xwife of his. When asked about what she will remember him for; she said something like he bought me a car and that was really nice of him. All I can say is OMG; talk about a materialistic air head. His true friends are the one's who cared about him as a person, with all his qualities and faults. Just let him rest in peace.

1588 days ago
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John G.    

I hope his ex-snake gets nothing, how much of a low life s*** bag do you have to be to try and sell death bed photo's ??
rest in piece Gary, you will truly be missed !!

1588 days ago
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pete    

Here you had a young man when he broke into acting. He was not well . The problem caused him Not to Grow , have internal problems But when He was acting everybody liked him. Now after being made fun of, spreading all this HERE SAY and sending out jokes which I recieved many of. Leave him alone , his last wife cleaned him out and he might have been Rude at times but he was true so the people complaining are the people he had problems. He was Human being, treat him like one and let him rest in Piece I wonder if there was anyone there to carry out his wish's.They took too long to Bury those greedy B--------s. Gary May you Be Happy Now. Magic Pete

1588 days ago
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donna jean    

I agree that his parents and ex should not be allowed. they showed no respect for him when he was alive...now is too late. I am doing the same..my will has no blood family allowed to pity themselves!!! They won't even be notified. Rest In Peace Gary ! And his parents and ex can wallow in each others pity till hell freezes over !

1588 days ago
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