Gary Coleman Funeral Delayed Over Battle for Body

The funeral for late actor Gary Coleman will not take place this weekend as planned due to a battle between his ex-wife and parents over his remains. Coleman died last week from a brain hemorrhage after allegedly falling in his home.

Gary Coleman (Photo: Daniel McConnell - Wikimedia Commons)
Gary Coleman (Photo: Daniel McConnell - Wikimedia Commons)

Gary Coleman’s funeral was originally scheduled to take place this weekend in Utah, according to Us Weekly. Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, recently begged the actor’s fans to help contribute to the cost of the funeral. “Our life together has not always been the best financially, and right now I am struggling to figure out what I am going to do for funeral costs,” Price said in a video on

Coleman’s parents, however, want his body to be brought back to Zion, Illinois, where they currently live. Sue and William Coleman, who had not spoken to their son for 10 years before his death, want to be put in charge of his remains. Shannon Price argues that she is the executor of his will and is the only one with the power to make his funeral arrangements.

“The Colemans don’t want to fight with anyone,” their lawyer said in a statement. “They just want to bring their son home.”

Shannon Price’s agent, Sheila Erickson, says the Colemans plans are contrary to “what is in Gary’s will.” However, Gary Coleman’s attorney told on Wednesday that he has not yet seen any “valid will” specifying what should be done with the former Diff’rent Strokes actor’s body.

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Gary Coleman Death Leaves Parents Shocked

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 (Photo: Daniel McConnell - Wikimedia Commons)
Gary Coleman (Photo: Daniel McConnell - Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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