Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price says she can't afford a funeral for him and is asking fans to help pay for it. In an interview obtained by TMZ, Price first says, "We went to Vegas a lot, cause I love Vegas, I love getting pampered there; I love shopping there," and "obviously I would buy the high-end stuff" during the trips. She says she is "struggling" now because Coleman didn't get much work in the past few years and couldn't get life insurance due to his kidney problems. "I'm just wishing and hoping that people will pour out to us," she says near the end of the interview.
In another part of the video interview done a day after Coleman's death and obtained by TMZ, Price defends her decision to pull the plug on life support by saying she didn't want Gary to end up like Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease. "The doctors told us that even if they had done surgery on him, he would have died; he would have bled to death during the surgery," Price says. "They said even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He would be basically like Muhammad Ali. ... And he would have died sooner or later anyway from that because it's so traumatic." Price also defended herself against charges that she had had life-support discontinued too quickly. "I don't want people to be so hard on me thinking that I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn't have made it anyway, his heart would have just given out," she says. "Gary was gone .. his eyes were dilated. He was just gone." About speculation that she pushed him down the stairs, she says, "People are so cruel. They don't even know. I was upstairs he was downstairs, he was downstairs. ... Why would I want to hurt my husband, are you kidding?"
Meanwhile, a full transcript of the 911 call Price made after she says she heard Coleman fall down the stairs and discovered him bleeding heavily from a head wound shows that she resisted helping him, despite the 911 operator's repeated instructions that she help stop the bleeding. Price's excuses included, "I'm not down there right now because I have seizures, if I get stressed out I'm going to seize," "I've just been kind of sick. I don't want to be traumatized right now," and "I just can't be here with the blood." Price says, "I'm sorry, I can't do it. I can't. … There's blood all over and I can't do anything." She did give the dazed Coleman a towel and later said, "I'm gagging, I got blood on myself, I can't deal."
David Carradine's widow is suing the production company of the movie he was shooting when he died, claiming the company did not fulfill industry standards in caring for him. Carradine was found hanging in a closet of his Bangkok hotel room, and an investigation determined that he died accidentally during auto-erotic asphyxiation. The suit, obtained by TMZ, says that on the night Carradine died he was supposed to have dinner with the director of the movie, titled "Stretch." The production company had assigned an assistant to Carradine, who phoned the star before the dinner but got no answer. When Carradine called later, the suit claims that Carradine was told "they were already across town and David Carradine would have to make his own arrangements that evening." He was found dead later.
Lindsay Lohan's battling parents not only settled their child-support dispute in court Thursday, they also agree that their troubled daughter is doing better now that she is required to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet. "She's fine, she's good," her mother, Dina, told People Thursday. "I am happy for her," said her father, Michael. "She's on the straight and narrow," added Michael. "I hope it continues." He does oppose her playing "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic, "Inferno." He said, "She better not do that Linda Lovelace movie. ... Why would any parent want their daughter to do that?"
The unexpected death of "Golden Girls" costar Rue McClanahan, who died early Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week, has left Betty White bereft. "Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship," White, 88, said in a statement. "It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that's even possible." The loss leaves White the sole survivor of the "Golden Girls" comedy foursome -- Estele Getty died in 2008 and Bea Arthur in 2009. McClanahan's manager, Barbara Lawrence, told People that McClanahan died at 1 a.m. Thursday after suffering "a massive stroke." McClanahan, who played man-happy Blanche Devereaux on the still-popular '80s sitcom, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Her manager said that her family was with McClanahan when she died, and "She went in peace."
Josie Brooklyn Duggar, the 19th child born to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC's show, "19 Kids and Counting," is back home in Arkansas for the second time since her premature birth and continuing health problems. "We're so happy that she's doing so well," Michelle told People. "She's finally home, home, home." Josie was born Dec. 10 after gestating for six months and one week, weighing just 1 pound 6 ounces. She suffered a bowel perforation when she was 8 days old, recovered and was released from the hospital April 6, then returned a few days later. Now, her physician says she suffers from lactose intolerance, but with proper care she has thrived and now "looks like a full-term baby."
LeAnn Rimes says she regrets the pain she caused by starting an affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian and breaking up her 7-year marriage to Dean Sheremet. "I did one of the most selfish things that I possibly could do, in hurting someone else," she tells People. "I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt," says Rimes. "But I don't regret the outcome." Rimes says she is now in a committed relationship with Cibrian. Both their divorces will be final soon.
-- Anne Neville