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Carroll Shelby

Wife vs. Kids in WAR

Over Auto Legend's Body

6/7/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The children and estranged wife of legendary sports car designer Carroll Shelby -- the guy who designed the epic Mustang and Cobra -- are locked in an epic battle to determine who gets his body -- which has still not been buried a month after his death ... TMZ has learned.

Here's the problem -- Carroll and Cleo Shelby were legally married when he died in Dallas May 10. But here's the deal ... they'd been estranged since he filed for divorce in 2010.  Cleo is claiming since she was still married to Carroll, she has the right to control Shelby's body.

But Shelby's kids have a document they say is signed by their dad giving his oldest son the right to his remains.

Now Cleo claims the signature on the document is forged, adding he didn't have the "physical capacity or eyesight" necessary to read or sign the doc.

And there's a twist -- while his divorce petition was pending, Shelby filed a petition just last April seeking to have the marriage annulled.  In the annulment docs, Shelby accused Cleo of lying to him for the 14 years they were married -- lying about her real name, her assets and pretty much her entire past.

So for now it's a standoff and the body sits in the freezer at the medical examiner's office.  But one thing could turn the tide.  A judge is actually allowed to grant the annulment even though Shelby is dead.  If that happens, the kids win.

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1.

RamHead    

They are fighting about who controls a dead body? I hardly believe my eyes while reading this story!
The man is dead, lay his body to rest (or have his ashes scattered), but quit this BS!

686 days ago
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Truth    

HE DIDNT HAVE THE "PHYSICAL CAPACITY OR EYESIGHT" NECESSARY TO READ SIGN THE DOC... YET HE HAD ENUFF TO HIRE A LAWYER AND FILE A PETITION. HMMM, THE BITCH IS LYING. YA THINK??! #TRUTH!!

686 days ago
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Bronco46    

Shelby designed the Mustang Cobra that was based on the Mustang. He did not design the Mustang itself. The Mustang was result work done by Lee Iacocca and the Ford design staff.

686 days ago
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Judy    

It's bad enough when estranged family members fight over a dead person's estate, but to fight over the person's body is disgusting. Cleo is showing no love for Carroll by not allowing him to be decently respected in death by his children. She is showing only hatefulness. Show some class and let his children respect their father.

686 days ago
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Amber    

So sad what $$ will do to a family!

686 days ago
6.

PictureUp    

for a bit there you had the wrong pic of CS!!

686 days ago
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Cricket    

How awful. Cleo, clearly your position is just out of spite. If you refuse to properly bury and grant last wishes, you didn't love this man, only his bank account. I feel horribly for his children. I hope the judge sides w/ the kids. She looks like a cracked out Lil Abner.

686 days ago
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vlanfu    

He jacked the stangs up with some stickers& he`s a TIMMy z z z hero?.Harvey has been on the air how long?& he`s still standing on a half creight!.Thats how you know you didn`t make it when after ten years you still don`t have a custom set,still the same old milk creight retire sell it off and run a store for little people you`d make more mooka and would`nt have to stand on a wooden box like a shoe shine boy

686 days ago
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Susan62509    

Cleo is a vindictive witch. She was only tied to her husband by a piece of paper (marriage license). His children have his blood line. If she lied about her past the old saying is, once a liar always a liar.

686 days ago
10.

Carl    

Does he have the same family as James Brown?

686 days ago
11.

Dave    

lee Iacocca designed the mustang.

686 days ago
12.

alex    

insert "all his money" for "body" and i betcha that's the REAL story

686 days ago
13.

GreyWolf    

Reading all of that just gave me a headache.

686 days ago
14.

Keyser Söze    

To all the Shelby kids: the situation you are currently facing... this is why God allows hitmen to exist.

Just sayin`.

686 days ago
15.

CaliGirl    

There is going to be more that will be unveiled about her in the near future. The children should be allowed to bury their father in the manner that he wished for. She is a vindictive individual that is obviously acting so selfishly for what she feels she's entitled to.

Here's to hoping the judge allows the annulment. Somehow, I think he may..

686 days ago

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