CNN, E!, and CBS News report that Wednesday's issue of the Globe features a creepy cover photo of an intubated Gary Coleman on his deathbed. The photo, also posted on Globe's website, shows the actor with his eyes closed, his ex-wife Shannon Price posing above him for the camera. The article inside the tabloid claims that Coleman was murdered.
This isn't new ground for the Globe, which once published JonBenet Ramsey's autopsy photos and leaked the identity of the woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexual assault. Instead, buzz about the photo is focusing on the identity of the person who released it.
Dion Mial, Coleman's friend and executor of his will, is accusing Price of selling the photo to the Globe, although the magazine hasn't named its source. Price's rep has released a statement saying, "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." The statement also says that Price needs money, but it doesn't confirm or deny Mial's allegation. If it's true, it sure is icky.