Globe Prints Coleman Coma Shots, Suggests Actor Was Murdered
Editors of U.S. tabloid the Globe have published controversial photographs of tragic actor Gary Coleman on his deathbed.
One image of the comatose star, which also features his ex-wife Shannon Price, graces the cover of the new issue of the publication and a second shot accompanies an article suggesting the Diff'rent Strokes star was murdered.
Coleman died of a brain haemorrhage on 28 May (10) after slipping into a coma following a fall at his home in Utah.
His ex-wife allegedly sold the disturbing photographs featuring Coleman hooked up to a ventilation machine, his head bandaged, in the moments before she gave medics permission to turn off the life support system keeping the actor alive.
An image of Coleman dead was not included in the deal.
TMZ.com previously reported Price organised the photo session after hiring a production company to take the pictures and conduct an interview with her shortly after Coleman's death.
The former child star's longtime friend and former manager Dion Mial has accused Price of selling the photos in an "ongoing desperate attempt" to profit from his death.
Price's publicist responded with a statement: "Dion, who claims to be a good friend of Gary, would know that Gary's only wishes were to make sure that Shannon would be OK after he was gone. So, if Dion was a good friend he would be assisting Shannon, not taking all her money."
Meanwhile, the Globe article which accompanies the pictures suggests Coleman's fall was no accident - crime investigator Ted Gunderson tells the publication the evidence points to a struggle with a possible intruder at the actor's home.
He says, "I hope we're not seeing an inexperienced police force make up its mind without knowing what they've got. To me, the pictures of the scene that I examined strongly suggest a murder occurred.
"You can tell from a blood smear on the wall that he (Coleman) fell over backward with a great deal of force, then turned his head at impact... This is a job for scientists, not beat cops."