Death dredges up all matter of emotions in those around the deceased. For the fortunate, it brings up warm – if difficult – memories and a coming together of loved ones. However, it's all too common that a passing exposes old wounds and creates new ones among those left behind. Such appears to be the case with Carroll Shelby and his family.

As you'll recall, the automotive icon passed away in Dallas after a protracted illness on May 10, but according to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Shelby's family is still squabbling over what to do with his remains, so his body sits interred in a freezer at a medical examiner's office.

The dispute is reportedly between Shelby's wife Cleo and his children. Cleo has apparently been estranged from Carroll since he petitioned for divorce back in 2010, but she claims the two were still married, giving her sway over what happens to his body.

For their part, Shelby's children say their father signed a document giving control over his remains to his oldest son, a claim that Cleo is apparently disputing, arguing that Carroll lacked the "physical capacity or eyesight" needed to sign off on the paperwork. Further, there's word that Shelby himself filed a petition to have the couple's 14-year marriage annulled in April on grounds that Cleo mislead him about everything from her assets to her actual name.

There's no resolution in sight, but TMZ reports that a judge could still award Shelby an annulment posthumously. However, it isn't immediately clear that such an action is being pursued.

In his 89 years, Shelby saw and survived a great many things, from serious race car accidents to the loss of (previous) spouses to painful lawsuits – not to mention both liver and heart transplants. He was a tough and savvy man who battled a lot of demons, many of which were of his own creation. Even so, we're glad he's not around to bear witness to this distasteful mess.


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      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      His ashes should have already been dusted over his favorite race track.
      dytimmys
      • 2 Years Ago
      STOP doing this to this man and let him REST IN PEACE....I have know Mr Shelby for 30 years...this is the last thing he would want...And he would want his children to "make the call" on what to do with his body...."Cleo" or whatever your real name is...You spent his money like water, lied about your social status and even your name....As Carroll would say "Get lost"
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad. If this is how his family is gonna act, then this may just be a skirmish preceding the war over his money...
      nama holston
      • 2 Years Ago
      The estranged wife should take the high road and allow the "family" to dispose of the remains however they wish, for after all, he was their father!
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nama holston
        She SHOULD but she doesn't want to relinquish her status & diminish her claim to the estate.
      turtle
      • 2 Years Ago
      "There's no resolution in sight, but TMZ reports that a judge could still award Shelby an annulment posthumously." Hopefully this judge is from Texas and will respect the wishes of a fellow Texan and grant the annulment so Shelby's kids can let him rest in peace.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      This makes me sick. I thought he was taken care of and laid to rest already in a quiet family service.
      DollyDagger
      • 2 Years Ago
      ahh, so that's where Ms Cleo the psychic went :D Really. Why fight? He has to be buried or cremated either way.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      In situations like this, it's always about money and power. So sad.
      Kevin Geary
      • 2 Years Ago
      I happen to know Cleo Shelby, and often spoke with her as she spent all day and night by Carrol's bedside in the hospital over the last couple of years of his life. I did hers and Carroll's portrait which she commissioned, about 11 years ago, which they used for their Christmas card. She was wealthy in her own right in England before she married him. She didn't need his money. She had houses and assets in England. She was devoted to Carroll and loved him genuinely for years. She knew him for at least 10 years before they got married. She's a very nice and pleasant woman and you'd like her, if you ever met her or knew her.
      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is "auto news"? Note to the editor - if the source is TMZ, just leave it alone.
      Arleo
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know something? I knew Carroll Shelby, and nobody in this world is like Carroll Shelby. AND Carroll Shelby took things in his own hands when destiny swung open the doors of forever. Well "ole Carroll had a bag of Shelby chiley makings in his hip pocket, slipped out of his old worn out body and went on up to the pearly gates getting ready to have a big chiley party with the hot stuff in it for all the FRIENDS standing , waiting for him to show up.That" body" everyone is so hot under the collar freezing to death is just the thing Carroll wore when he was on his Earthly Journey, around the world and back again. Give it up, ya all, what is left here is just the junk part, except for all the great things he did and built, fingers swilring the waters, He was a Precious one of a kind. There were lots of names to choose from, BUT< The GREAT CARROLL SHELBY< lives on in the hearts of those who REALLY loved him. His LIGHT shines through on some big STAR out there.
      relaxinaspa
      • 2 Years Ago
      I owned a Shelby Cobra for ten years and it brought me and everyone in my family great joy, as I'm sure they do for everyone, one way or another. It's sad that such beautiful creations and craftsmanship don't at least count for something when it comes time to rest in peace. God Bless Carroll Shelby for all he has done to brighten up the lives of so many, not to mention what he's done for a lifetime for Ford and the American Auto Industry!
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