TMZ has learned Vanilla Ice is committed to attending Gary Coleman‘s upcoming memorial service — which begs the obvious question … why?
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Turns out Vanilla and Gary hit it off when Coleman guest starred on an episode of “The Surreal Life” back in 2004 … despite the fact that they got into an epic war on the show because Gary wouldn’t say, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
Vanilla — aka Robert Van Winkle — tells us, “I’ll always remember the time he and I had. He was fun to be around for the most part. Just a good, funny guy.”
He adds, “It’s almost a Catch-22. He’s had such a bad luck life … I hope he’s in a better place.”
No memorial date has been set as of yet — but Vanilla says “of course” he’ll attend.