The parents of former child star Gary Coleman have announced they will not fight his will. Sue and Willie Coleman told Meredith Vieira on the Today show Friday they are giving up any fight over their son’s body or estate. Coleman’s will is at the center of a battle between the actor’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, and his former manager, Dion Mial.
In an interview on the Today show on Friday, Sue and Willie Coleman said they have given up the battle over Gary Coleman’s body and his estate. The Colemans said they had no intention of contesting his will, which was filed in Utah on June 8. The will names Coleman’s former manager, Dion Mial, as the executor of his estate.
Shannon Price, Coleman’s ex-wife, has filed to contest the will, claiming she should have control of what happens to Coleman’s remains and power over his estate.
Coleman’s parents just want all the drama to end and their son to be properly buried. “I want all the talk to stop,” Sue Coleman said. “Garyâ€™s gone. I want his body put away respectfully so that we all can bring some closure to this part of him â€¦ Letâ€™s just put him away so that his spirit can just go on to where itâ€™s going. Heâ€™s at rest, I know he is, and the rest of us need to bring some closure to it.â€
Former child actor Gary Coleman‘s death Friday at the age of 42 shocked his estranged parents, Sue and William Coleman. Although they had not spoken to their son in 10 years, Coleman’s parents want to know exactly what happened to the former Diff’rent Strokes star.
Gary Coleman died on Friday after being taken off life support at a hospital in Utah. A spokesman for the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center said Coleman had suffered an intracranial brain hemorrhage after an “accident” at his home. Coleman’s death is still under investigation.
“We’re not pointing fingers at anyone, but we need to know exactly what happened,” 71-year-old Sue Coleman said in an interview with People. “Did our son fall down the stairs? Did he fall in the bathtub? We need to have some closure on our son’s life.”
Sue and William Coleman reportedly had not spoken to their son for 10 years. Gary Coleman sued his parents and business manager in 1989 for allegedly stealing his fortune, a claim his parents deny.
The Colemans believe their son’s wife, Shannon Price, may hold the answers to what happened to him. So far, however, no one from the Price family has contacted them regarding Coleman’s death.