Gary Coleman Death Photos Sold for $10K
By Rob Shuter Posted Jun 9th 2010 02:59AM
Dying Pics of Gary Coleman Sold
Globe magazine's tasteless decision to buy photographs of Coleman's last moments alive for $10,000 could provide the tabloid with one of its best-selling issues ever.
"They are going to sell a crazy amount of magazines," a source that has seen the images tells me. "Yes, it's an ugly decision to run pictures of a man in his hospital bed minutes before he died, but dead celebrities sell."
A shocking photo of Elvis, lying dead in his casket at Graceland, published in the National Enquirer in 1977 was the first time a dead celebrity had ever graced the cover. That issue went on to be the biggest selling issue the National Enquirer ever produced. And when OK! magazine paid over $500,000 for a photo of dead Michael Jackson in 2009, it sold alarmingly well. However, running such an image isn't without its risks.
"Yes, you get one week of great sales, but forever on you are known as the magazine that will do anything to get people to buy it," a weekly magazine editor-in-chief tells me. "It's a desperate move that damages your brand in the long run," which is why the pictures of Gary went for only $10,000. His ex-wife, Shannon Price, will get a cut of that sum.
Shannon reportedly took and sold the photos of Coleman as he lay in a coma in the hospital. Since his death, various stories about her odd behavior during and after his hospitalization have come out. In the 911 tape from the day that Coleman fell and injured his head, Price seems reluctant to help the actor, stating she didn't "want to be traumatized right now" since she had a fever.
"He just got home, I heard this big bang, I went downstairs. Blood everywhere. I don't know if he's okay. I'm not down there right now because I have a fever, if I get stressed out I'm going to faint," she told the operator.
A magazine insider tells me that the Coleman photos "are so tasteless that none of the glossy magazines wanted to bid on them. This allowed Globe to get them so cheap."
Todd Bridges, who starred alongside Coleman in 'Diff'rent Strokes,' vented on Twitter about the photo leak, saying, "To find out pics of Gary Coleman in his last days got out I hope someone burns in hell for this one ... Only one person could be behind this and this is so dang sick to say you love someone and do this -- yeah right."
Shame on you, Shannon, for doing this, and you too, Globe magazine. Just because they were cheap and people will want to see them doesn't mean you should run them.
Popeater.com will not be showing them and certainly would never pay for any such pictures.
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