The automotive world lost an iconic figure when Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10 at the age of 89.
Shelby rose to fame as a very successful race car driver and then went on to become a designer of performance automobiles. He is well known for the Shelby Mustang, but before he started working with Mustangs he made his mark with the legendary AC Cobra.
Shortly after his passing we reported here about the dispute that was taking place between his wife Cleo and his three children that was delaying his funeral. Cleo, who was Shelby’s seventh wife, wanted to have the body buried and said that this is what he wanted. She contended that she had the legal right to make the decisions with regard to final arrangements as Shelby’s surviving spouse.
Carroll Shelby’s children said that their father had different wishes. They claimed to be in possession of estate planning documents signed by Shelby that called for cremation, with the ashes being distributed in a particular way.
The body wound up sitting in the morgue for a couple of months while the matter was being reviewed by the court.
However, we can now pass along an update. The stalemate was broken and the parties reached an agreement. Carroll Shelby’s body has in fact been cremated.
Each one of the three children received 20% of the ashes. Cleo Shelby also received 20% of the remains. The last portion was taken to Shelby’s hometown of Leesburg, Texas where it was buried alongside his parents in a family plot there.
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