PROVO, Utah (CN) – A state court judge ordered that no photographs of late actor Gary Coleman be sold, no possessions taken from his home, and his remains not be cremated until after a hearing today (Monday). The order came after Shannon Price, Coleman’s ex-wife, asked the Utah County Court to recognize her as Coleman’s common-law wife.
Coleman, famous for his role on “Diff’rent Strokes,” met Price in 2005. They married in 2007, then quietly divorced a year later. As part of the divorce decree, Price was awarded the couple’s home in Santaquin, and the two continued to live together. Coleman, 42, died May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage two days earlier.
Price claims she should be executor of his will. She says that despite the divorce, she and Coleman made few if any changes to their relationship – including having joint bank accounts. Price says the couple maintained a common-law relationship for 5 years.
Price is in a legal battle with Coleman’s former manager, Dion Mial, over Coleman’s remains and estate.
Mial was named sole executor of a 1999 will that Coleman had drafted before meeting Price. In the will, the actor asked that his remains be cremated.
Price claims Colman had another, handwritten will, naming her sole beneficiary of his estate.
Utah County Judge James R. Taylor was to hear arguments today (Monday).