Actor’s remains to be cremated after two days

2010-06-15 14:23

A judge has ordered that actor Gary Coleman’s remains be cremated

after 48 hours.

Fourth District Judge James Taylor says he will appoint an

independent attorney to oversee Coleman’s estate and the cremation of his

remains until a dispute between Coleman’s ex-wife and his ex-girlfriend is


The judge says he will name Utah attorney Robert Jeffs the special

administrator of Coleman’s estate. Jeffs wasn’t notified of the ruling in

advance and wasn’t at the hearing. He did not immediately return a call to his

office seeking comment.

Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, and his former girlfriend and

manager, Anna Gray, both contend they are the lawful administrators of his


Gray is named in a 2005 will, and the judge delayed Coleman’s

cremation so Gray could travel to Utah and see his body before it is


Price is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that’s

intended to amend any earlier wills. The note names Price as the sole


One of Coleman’s friends and former managers, Dion Mial, yesterday

withdrew his petition to be named as the special administrator of Coleman’s

estate. Mial was named in a 1999 will by Coleman, but his attorney said the will

that names Gray takes precedence because it’s more recent. Coleman stated in

both wills that he wanted to be cremated.

Price and Gray each say they should be responsible for

administering the estate of the Diff’rent Strokes star. Price’s attorneys

objected to the judge’s decision to give Gray 48 hours to view Coleman one last


Gray’s attorney, Randy Kester, said she wanted to see Coleman one

more time for sentimental reasons. He said Coleman and Gray knew each other for

eight years and that she moved to Utah and lived with him briefly before he and

Price became romantically involved in 2005 on the set of the comedy Church


Price’s attorneys contend she is the rightful heir to Coleman’s

estate because even though the two divorced in 2008, she was still his

common-law wife. Court documents say the couple continued to live together,

shared bank accounts and presented themselves as husband and wife.

It wasn’t publicly known the two had divorced until after Coleman

died on May 28 after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

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