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The late Caroll Shelby posing with the 2007 Ford Shelby... The late Caroll Shelby posing with the 2007 Ford Shelby GT Mustang (Credit: Ford).
Caroll Shelby is a hero to many a car lover as the designer and creator of the Shelby Cobra muscle car. He died May 10 at age 89, and in his death his body is being fought over by his children and the last of his seven wives.

Shelby's body remains in a morgue at Baylor Hospital in Dallas while courts sort out if his children will be allowed to cremate him, or his wife will be able to call the last shot for her husband.

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Shelby left written instructions that his eldest son, Michael Shelby, should arrange for the cremation of the body. In the document filed with the court and signed and notarized Feb. 8, Shelby said he wanted his ashes "divided equally among and given to each of my then living children and one additional equal share to be buried in my parents' family plot in Leesburg, Texas." A 2008 document also empowers Michael Shelby to make funeral arrangements, reported the DMN.

The last wife of the legendary master of muscle cars, Cleo Shelby, is charging that the Feb. 8 document was "forged" because by that date Shelby lacked the ability to sign a document. Moreover, she said that following an August 2010 stroke Carroll Shelby executed a new health care power of attorney assigning her as the primary health decision maker and that named Michael Shelby as alternate health care agent.

Disputes like this are common among families where there are children and multiple spouses involved, especially when it comes to the rich and famous. When baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams died in 2002, he wanted to be simply cremated and buried in the Florida Keys where he lived and fished. His children John Henry and Claudia chose to have his body frozen cryogenically, setting off a national bru-ha-ha in which the children were criticized for dragging the body of their late, and much revered, father through a ghoulish idea to profit from the Hall of Famer's death.

When Hollywood blonde bombshell Anna Nicole Smith died a courtroom packed with attorneys, grieving family and friends argued for days about not only who should have custody of Anna Nicole Smith's baby girl, but also how and where to bury Smith's body. The same fight erupted over singer James Brown, whose body wasn't buried for months because family members fought over his wishes.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't forget several years ago Michael donated an organ, I think his kidney to his dad. That indicates a very close bond. Carrol died with a part of his son inside of him. No doubt Michael is trying his best to honor his dad's wishes. Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had the wonderful and great pleasure of meeting Mr. Shelby and his beautiful wife. Such lovely people...it was in Osh Kosh Air Show in 2006...May Mr. Carroll Shelby rest in peace,he deserves more than this bull lah!
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carrol Shelby appeared at many events showcasing Cobras, both his iconic roadster and the Mustang based Shelby. He many times autographed the glove box doors or under the trunk lid. If he did that after the date of the document in question, then obviously he could sign papers expressing his wishes
        Charles Prince
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        I have often wondered who really signs those glove boxes. It is now unusual for important people to have "signers" working to sign letters and photos, especially sent to donors, constituants, business associates. I had a friend in college who was a signer for the state govenor. They hired part time, but the qualification was who could duplicate the the goverors signature. Ever wonder how there are so many autographer pics of Presidents?
      Lt Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP Mr Shelby.When your family is done with their money grabbing they will get around to cremating you.
        lively wife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lt Dan
        Don't you mean When his greedy wife gets over the fact that she was 7th in a line, and most likely cannot produce a notarized change...and finally lets his children heed his last wishes.
        Helen Saghy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lt Dan
        You mean when wife #7 discovers her place and steps back for his flesh and blood to handle his wishes.
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, all his fame aside, in life,as well as death; you reap that which you have sown. 7 kids, and how many x wives? All of which are worthless as **** on a boar hog quite obviously. RIP Carroll, you were a legend, and philanthopist, and1 of the all time losers where it concerned your personal and family life!
      stftndoc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like Shelby needs to be taken to a body shop.
      sidtruckingllc
      • 2 Years Ago
      So number 7 claims that the written wishes of Feb 8th were forged because she says he wasn't able to do so by that time....what did his physicians say? The Notary who witnessed it? Article states the paper was notarized...meaning a person of authority witnessed it and verified it by stamp or signature. This makes one think that the current wife is being a petty b*tch because the son was categorized at a higher level to deall with funeral arrangement. Petty Spiteful person to delay putting Mr Shelby's remains to rest because she feels she should have more "control" over him
        Cathy Sapp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sidtruckingllc
        You are right. I am a notary and would not have notarized a signature on a paper if I didn't actually watch the person signig it and verify that signator was who they said they were by either id or knowing them personally. I went through something similar when my fiance died. We had been together for 7 years. In a handfull of states we would have been considered common law married, however the state of FL doesn't recognize common law marriages, so his father and stepmother were considered legally next of kin even though he had only spoke to his father 1 time in 20 years. They want his body shipped from FL to IL for burial in a VA cemetary, that is until they found out they would have to pay for it up front and wait for the VA to maybe reimburse them only a portion of the costs, so I paid $45 for the death certificates and arranged for him to be cremated and the cremantoriam billed the rest to the VA. Problem was solved, And I didn't send them any of his belongings that were left, like his record collection. I kept it all. And never heard from his family again. That was 13 years ago.
      j_brit17
      • 2 Years Ago
      My best friend got married with a millionaire man.. They met via MillionaireLoveLinks ~ C~0~M, it's where for meeting millionaire men or gorgeous women, who are searching for their special someone. It's worth a try! Well, Mister Will I Am........What You Ain't is a car designer.........I admire your enthusiasm to start a car company, but unless you plan on turning your car into a time machine and travelling back to 1981 to compete against John Z. DeLorean, I would redesign this blocky assed car.
        scorpio952
        • 2 Years Ago
        @j_brit17
        j_brit17, Your back at free advertising for this lame site. This site is about CARROLL SHELBY not Will I AM, read the story first before looking like a A** your post has nothing at all to do with CARROLL SHELBY!!!!!
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      If there is a signed and notarized statement, the only one who gains from this fight is a lawyer. (They get paid, win, lose or draw). Just an aside, I'm pretty sure he spelled his name with two Rs.
      pdgrovebaskets
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of these "rich and famous" should take a lesson from those of us with less money. Quite a few people I know today are pre-arranging things with the funeral director, making their choices what they want and even pre-paying for the arrangements. When this happens there can be NO second guessing what they wanted and what's to be done. In fact, my parents, now both in their early 70s went ahead and had their stones put on their plots with their names, date of birth and leaving the date of death blank. In our family we deal with the same local place that does exactly the same for every family member. Everyone is treated the same. That's the way it should be.
      artroe
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a shame can't even get his final wish i am going to my attorney now i want to be creamated and ashes spread on dunes at my beach. My wife doesn't want this so i am going to make sure i get what i want. R I P Carroll
      hi there
      • 2 Years Ago
      CAROLL SHELBY WAS AN ICON FOR THE MEN GROWING UP IN THE 60'S AND 70'S. THEN HE BECAME AN ICON TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HIS PAST AND WHAT HE HAS DONE IN THE PAST 15 OR 20 YEARS. THE MAN GAVE HIS SON DIRECTIONS ON WHAT TO DO UPON HIS DEATH. IT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO THE T. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE SHOULD BE A FIGHT OVER THIS. IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN AND NOTORIZED. SO LET THIS MAN REST IN PEACE. HE HAS GIVEN ALL OF US MANY GREAT MEMORIES AND CARS WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE FOR. MAY CAROLL REST IN PEACE
        lively wife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hi there
        Because his wife wasn't happy with his final wishes, notarized and filed or not, and SHE chose to challenge his last wishes. Only when I see documented proof that he changed his wishes, not just her say so, will I change my tune. Until then, she's a money grubber who thought that by outliving him, she'd get his fortune. I'd like to add that medical power of attorney ends at death, and the notarized/filed document now is the authority, not the wife.
        paulthamec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hi there
        Lawyers trying to make a buck , that is why his wishes have not been fulfilled... :-(
        Blessed One X 20
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hi there
        UNlock the caps and stop shouting!
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