Shortly before his death Shelby signed a notarised document instructing his oldest son, Michael Shelby, to have his body cremated. The document laid out plans for Shelby’s body to be cremated and “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.”
Shelby’s wife has claimed that the document was forged. She strongly believed that Carroll Shelby’s health has declined by that date to the point where he could not even signed his name. She also pointed out a 2010 health care power of attorney that assigned her as the primary health decision maker. The clause states that “the signing of this document by the principal revokes all previous power of attorney for health care documents.”
And to make things a little more complicated, Carroll Shelby has a pending divorce case in Texas when he passed away.
A court hearing was supposed to take place in the near future but somehow, the two parties reached an agreement recently which will see Shelby’s body cremated and the remains divided equally between the three-children, a plot in Texas next to the final resting place of his parents and his wife, Cleo. The children were originally pushing for a four-way split, with Cleo left out.
Michael Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s eldest son, commented that the family was not happy about it but all three of them just wanted their father to be laid to rest.
It is a little odd for a man as iconic as Carroll Shelby would continue to be in the middle of a controversy, even after his death. But at least, he can now finally rest in peace.