Gary Coleman Funeral on Hold as Shannon Price Feuds with Actor's Family Over Remains

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With the late actor's ex-wife Shannon Price and his parents feuding over custody of his body, Gary Coleman will not be laid to rest this weekend as planned.

Sue and Willie Coleman, estranged from the Diff'rent Strokes star at the time of his death, and Price, who secretly divorced Coleman in 2008, are at odds.

Legally authorized to make medical decisions on Gary's behalf despite their legal split, Shannon Price told doctors to pull the plug in Coleman last Friday.

She also placed the Gary Coleman 911 call two days earlier, when the star fell and suffered severe brain trauma that ultimately landed him on life support.

Beginning with the 911 call, her behavior over the past week was odd. In an interview, she adamantly denied pushing Gary - an accusation no one made.

Price is now planning his funeral, but the Colemans plan to file for legal control over their son's remains, which they want sent to his hometown, Zion, Ill.

Gary Coleman and Shannon Price wed in 2007, then divorced in 2008.

"The Colemans don't want to fight with anyone," their lawyer said, adding that no valid will has surfaced yet. "They just want to bring their son home."

Gary and his parents' estrangement dates back to a 1989 lawsuit, in which he accused them of stealing a large portion of his fortune as a child star.

Gary's agent, Sheila Erickson, counters that "It's clear that [Shannon Price] is the one that Gary wants to represent him, as she did in the hospital.

"He didn't mention, at any time, his parents."

And it gets even more complicated. "No one's come forward with what appears to be a valid will," attorney Randy Kester told the Salt Lake Tribune.

"He had an old trust prepared, by whom I don't know. Every copy I had seen was unsigned. He simply wouldn't take the time to go and get that done."


This sounds more like a pissing contest, they need to bury their son and stop the drama.


didn't willis/todd? say that he has some document that will settle everything? what happened to that?


I really do not understand his parents. Gary has made it very clear he did not want anything to do with them. Why are they creating more drama now that he is dead. If they did not want a fight why not pay for the funeral make amends and call it quicks and let the poor boy finally rest. Utah was where he lived and he had the choice to go back to his hometown and chose not too. If his parents really feel bad about what happen stop the madness and grow up and bury him.

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