Following a report from earlier this week that photos taken of Gary Coleman just prior to his death will be published in numerous upcoming tabloids, Gary Coleman’s former agent is speaking out.
“While Gary Coleman’s family continues to privately grieve the passing of their son, they would like to thank all of his fans for their generous support. This kind gentle soul left the world with many beautiful memories to cherish. That is why I am personally appalled to hear the news that individuals are selling photos of Gary in the hospital,” Victor Perillo, Coleman’s former agent, said in a statement released to Access Hollywood.
“This is unconscionable and despicable. I would like to praise all the reputable news organizations that declined the offers,” Perillo’s statement continued. “I hope others will do the same out of respect and human decency.”
A rep from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, the hospital where Coleman died, told TMZ, “We were aware that Shannon and her family were inside taking pictures… we made notes that the family was taking pictures.”
A rep for Shannon Price, Coleman’s ex, said she is not making money off the photos and never intended for them to go public.
“Shannon and her family did take pictures but they were never meant to get out,” her rep told TMZ. “[She] is in no way getting compensated for these pictures.”
A rep for Price was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Access.