In an open letter to the press, Gary Coleman's ex-manager asks for better coverage for the late actor.
As we approach the first year anniversary of Gary Coleman’s death, the child star’s former manager says his late client’s remains have yet to be buried or cremated.
Coleman died on May 28, 2010, and according to manager Vic Perillo, his burial plans are still on hold due to a legal fight between his parents and his estranged wife, Shannon Price.
In an essay obtained by WENN, Perillo chastises the media for covering what he feels was the negative aspects of Coleman’s life. He wrote, "This was not the proper and dignified manner to show respect for the magnificent talent the world TV and film audience knew in Gary Coleman. This was not the send-off he deserved."
Perillo also noted that, “Gary's deeds and contributions to the entertainment industry and other endeavours were overshadowed by the desire of the media to stay focused on the misfortunes of his life and all the negatives.”
He says has reached out to three separate networks hoping to garner Coleman coverage about the legacy he lives behind. Perillo had this to say about the responses he received, "The answer from the networks were, 'Not interested,' 'We don't have any time' and 'We pass...'"
He closed his essay with the question, "Have we lost our theatrical moral conscience?"
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