May 30, 2010, - 1:58 pm

Must See VIDEO: The REAL Gary Coleman Story

By Debbie Schlussel

On Friday, when Gary Coleman passed away, I wrote that I always felt bad for him, that he never caught a break, that I hope he has the peace in death that he never had in life.  These videos from ABC News back that up.  The first one is from 11 years ago, in 1999, and, sadly, nothing changed in the years since.  The next is from Friday Night’s “Nightline,” which picks up where the other video left off, equally tragic.  Watch ’em both, as I think you’ll find they tell the real story. This guy was fleeced and his life was raped from beginning to end by those who were entrusted to protect him. Even so, he had the best possible attitude about it all.


Gary Coleman, Rest In Peace

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16 Responses

Gary Coleman was a decent man…. never much cared about the money and tried to put his own life back on track. No one should go through what he went through. Its just sad he died young.

At least he is at peace now.

NormanF on May 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    How do YOU know he’s in peace now?

    His parents belong in prison and all assets confiscated, transferred to Gary.

    I bet Gary couldn’t celebrate Fathers Day 🙁

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Is this what you came up with for memorial day?

M: Uh, Michael, check your calendar. You have a problem with premature articulation. Memorial Day is tomorrow, and I will recognize it, as I have every single year this site has existed. Funny that you are so concerned about Memorial Day when you have an e-mail address in the Netherlands. Nice try, but no cigar. DS

Michael on May 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

to Michael:
On one hand it is good to find the emotion you must genuinely feel for those who gave their lives for the country. On the other hand I’d say that there are 365 Memorial Days on Debbie Schlussel’s calendar, and that she suffers each one at least as deeply as you do on this day.
Be well.

Arn on May 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm

It is so sad how children are abused emotionally and financially by parents and leeches. The lawyers, agents and managers should be ashamed of themselves. It shows you how hollywood can chew you up and spit you out.

Joe peschi’s character in “casino” said it best. “its all about the dollars.”

One would hope today there are better laws to protect young stars. Also it shows you no matter what, how important it is to surround yourself with good people who have your best interest at heart. For adults it shows you that if you are an athlete or in show business you need to watch the money and keep the employees to a minimum.

spaceship22 on May 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm

So I guess his death will be a windfall for his parents or handlers – whoever stole the money – with a spike in merchandise and video sales.

Still, coulda been worse. I’ll bet if you asked him if he would trade his life for a regular black kid’s born in 1968, he wouldn’t have done it.

DS_ROCKS! on May 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Still, coulda been worse. I’ll bet if you asked him if he would trade his life for a regular black kid’s born in 1968, he wouldn’t have done it.

    “A regular Black kid?” Plenty of Black chldren, born in 1968, lead happier lives than poor Gary Coleman, may he rest in peace.

    Miranda Rose Smith on May 31, 2010 at 1:53 am

He deserved much better.

pat on May 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

This is just to sad.
What a pair of vultures his parents are.
You can feel the slime ooze out of every word.
How folks like this love with themselves is beyond me.
How he must have felt at the betrayal devastating.
Thanks for a decent Eulogy Ms. Schlussel.
Its a bet most will make this a joke.

Revnant Dream on May 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I picked that up too. Eventhough he was a victim he never acted like a victim like Michael Jackson. He was placed on the ballot for governor as a joke and he played with it. My favorite picture of Gary Coleman was when he was running for governor with fellow porn star Mary Carey.,%208-27-03.bmp

CaliforniaScreaming on May 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

There are reports that there is more to the story of colemans death. His wife has been arrested in the past for beating him up. Some people think she either pushed him or did something that made him get the hemorrage. I don’t know for sure but I definitly think the utah police should at least investigate it. Unfortunately they are not. They said right away that this was an accident. Gary’s birth parents want it investigated but the utah police are acting like typical cops thinking they know everything and not doing their jobs.

tyler on May 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I stand corrected the cops are listing colemans death as “under investigation.” Good for them.

tyler on May 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm

This sounds depressing in a similar way to the Elephant Man.

I really felt lousy after watching that. 🙁

Shy Guy on May 31, 2010 at 3:22 am

This is a sad story. I still remember that Chicago commercial. He was a cute, intelligent kid who got taken by the people he thought loved and care for him. Let’s face it, all those people that looked at him only saw $$. His lawyers, manager, agent and adopted parents should all be in prison for stealing from a kid. Unfortunately, this is a familiar Hollywood story about a children actor being fleeced. You have to look at the ones who survived that fate.

They didn’t have parent’s that were their agent or managers, they used well known managers with a reputation with other clients and had a history of being “professionals.” As long as there are crooks in Hollywood these types of stories will occur.

God Bless You Gary and Rest in Peace. I wish your life had a better ending but your torment is at least over.

Ireland on May 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Gary’s values are admirable reminding one of Abe Lincoln’s message ‘A dollar earned is worth much more than five found’. Even after being cheated-off millions, Gary demonstrated that he believed in making an honest living.

Alert on May 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Deb, I don’t know how you missed this clip of Gary. And yes, sadly I also hope he finds peace and good health at last.

Gary Coleman – Los Angeles Chabad Telethon:

paulette sharen on June 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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