We know you're ready to ring in the new year, and we're right there with you! That said, we figured you'd enjoy stepping back with us for one final look back at the year that was 2010 as we give you the top ten most popular stories of the year here on VIP Breakdown. Interestingly enough, Justin Bieber made the cut, but he was relegated to the #10 spot (unless you give him credit for the story about Tom Brady getting a Bieber haircut that nabbed #3.) Number one was the story about Gary Coleman's parents being left with more questions than answers as it pertains to the late star's death. Speaking of death, the list also includes the death of Dixie Carter, and two stories about celebrity tattoos. Hit the jump for the full list, and have a safe new year!
The file has been closed on Gary Coleman’s May 2010 death.
Utah police have reviewed the autopsy findings and officially ruled his death as accidental.
Some suspicion was raised about Coleman’s passing when his ex-wife and then-housemate Shannon Price released a statement disassociating herself from any involvement in the child actor’s death.
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The strange story surrounding Gary Coleman‘s death unfolds by the day: Coleman secretly took out a restraining order against his ex-wife a few months before he died.
The former child star claimed in the documents that Shannon Price had moved back into his Utah home against his wishes while he was in hospital. In the documents - which were filed under “John Doe Vs. Jane Doe” - the actor alleged Shannon “has shown a tendency to damage, destroy and steal my property and I believe she will continue to do so in my absence and while she is trespassing in my home.”
With no fanfare, late child actor Gary Coleman was cremated on Thursday evening in Salt Lake City, Utah. The private, no-frills procedure was completed at the behest of Coleman himself, who stated in one of his wills that he wanted no funeral or memorial services.
Coleman’s ashes have been stored while a courtroom melodrama continues in Utah. The actor’s remains, and his property, are still the subject of debate as the judge and an independent attorney appointed to the case attempt to sort out the actor’s multiple wills, strange requests and warring friends and family.
There are currently no plans for a public memorial service of any kind for the well-loved actor, who shot to fame thanks to his portrayal of Arnold on Diff’rent Strokes.
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Deceased child actor Gary Coleman, best-known for his role as Arnold on Diff’rent Strokes, will not be remembered with a funeral service. An independent attorney appointed to Coleman’s convoluted case announced the decision on Wednesday.
The decree comes on the heels of several confusing media reports, multiple wills purportedly written by the late actor, and a dramatic courtroom battle featuring his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend and his estranged parents. Independent litigator Robert Jeffs was appointed to the case on Monday. His decision honors the request regarding funeral services made in Coleman’s 2005 will.
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Gary Coleman signed legal papers in 2006 detailing his wishes should he find himself in a life-or-death medical situation - a standard procedure for people with health problems as serious as his. The big issue: Coleman requested that his life be prolonged by artificial means, if necessary. Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, expressly ignored these wishes when she made the decision to suspend her former hubby’s support (the slang for this is “pulling the plug”). Price filed the documents signed by Coleman in the first place…so it can be assumed she knew their contents.
The document, titled “Instructions for Health Care” clearly showed that Coleman marked the box for “Choice to Prolong Life.” The extended definition of the option reads: “I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards.”
Price authorized the termination of Gary Coleman’s life support, which in effect ended his life. Since then, she has been at the heart of a bitter battle for Coleman’s remains and control of his estate. TMZ has obtained a copy of the document if you want to take a look.
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Recently, a will was produced for late actor Gary Coleman. Oddly, the document had a stipulation that certain people would not be allowed to attend his funeral. In the will, all Coleman’s assets were left to “the Trustee of the Millennium Edge Trust.”
Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, has now come forward with a different will. This document is handwritten and names Price as the “sole heir of any and all monies, properties, bank accounts, earnings, model trains, vehicles, cars, toys, games, electronics, homes, other inheritances if any, all things physical and/or intellectual.”
The handwritten will adds, “This I have done because of my personal selfishness and weakness and I Love her with all my heart.” The notes are attached to a will allegedly written in 2006, which reads “I revoke all previous wills. I specifically disinherit my biological parents and siblings.” The only problem: the will isn’t signed by Gary Coleman.
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Gary Coleman’s last will and testament was filed today in Utah and a few its instructions have been revealed.
The document, written in 1999, states that Coleman wished to be cremated. Dion Mial, once the actor’s manager, is the executor of the estate. Such instructions are pretty standard, but Coleman’s will also included an extremely odd request.
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Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman’s Diff’rent Strokes co-star, has come forward with a shocking statement. According to the former child actor, he has “paperwork,” and he will “bring it out soon, that will show what [Gary Coleman’s] wishes were and what he wanted.”
The startling announcement comes just as a battle for Coleman’s remains is being waged by the actor’s loved ones. “There’s a big fight going on with [Coleman’s] parents and some other people involved, and after we bring this paperwork out, everybody’s going to shut up,” Bridges told E! Online. Shannon Price, Coleman’s ex-wife, is definitely included in the “everybody.” She recently released a statement saying that she will not release Coleman’s remains to his parents.
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As his parents look for more details, it has been discovered that Gary Coleman was not married to Shannon Price at the time of his death.
Despite Shannon making the decision to turn off the actor’s life support machine when he died last Friday, the pair had been divorced since August 2008.
Attorney Randy Kester, who handled the split, said, “I can confirm they’ve been divorced since August 12, 2008. At the time of Gary’s death, they were not married. I have no knowledge if they were ever remarried. Gary wanted me to keep the divorce private but now that it’s been made public, I’m compelled to say it’s all true. Their relationship has been on-again, off-again. I know that there were periods of time where she resided in the home with Gary, and there were periods of time where she didn’t.”
The revelations have called into question whether or not 24-year-old Shannon had the decision making power to turn off the machine on Gary’s behalf. Utah Valley Regional Medical Center - where Gary died - released a statement claiming they had undertaken all necessary rules to check Shannon’s legal rights. It read they “had completed an Advance Health Care Directive that granted Shannon Price permission to make medical decisions on his behalf.”
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