With reports yesterday circulating that death photos of Gary Coleman were being shopped around media outlets, the Diff’rent Strokes actor’s former agent, Victor Perillo, 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,” Perillo said in a statement. “This kind gentle soul left the world with many beautiful memories to cherish.”
Perillo also took the time to address the photos that were reportedly being sold of Gary.
“I am personally appalled to hear the news that individuals are selling photos of Gary in the hospital,” he said. “This is unconscionable and despicable. I would like to praise all the reputable news organizations that declined the offers. I hope others will do the same out of respect and human decency.”
Gary died on May 28 from injuries he suffered, which had left him on life support. The 4-foot-7-inch actor best known for his character Arnold Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes, died with family and friends at his side.