Gary Coleman Filed Restraining Order Against Ex-Wife Shannon Price

While Gary Coleman‘s ashes remain in storage, new information has come to light regarding his stormy relationship with ex-wife Shannon Price. Price and Coleman’s former girlfriend, Anna Gray, are currently battling over who should be given power over Coleman’s estate and remains.

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

Previously sealed court documents reveal that Gary Coleman tried to file a restraining order against ex-wife Shannon Price just three months before his tragic death. The former Diff’rent Strokes actor claimed Price trespassed in his home while he was in the hospital following heart surgery.

“I am concerned that irreplaceable memorabilia, irreplaceable model trains, irreplaceable items of personal property will be stolen, damaged or destroyed,” Coleman wrote in the court documents, dated Feb. 19, 2010. “[Price] has shown a tendency to damage, destroy and steal my property and I believe she will continue to do so in my absence and while she is trespassing in my home.”

“He was in poor health and he had been told while he was in the hospital that she was sort of looting the house and he wanted it stopped,” Coleman’s former attorney, Randy Kester, said in a press statement. “He had reached a point where he didn’t want to have any contact with her and he wanted her to stop taking his things.”

The restraining order reportedly never actually got to Shannon Price and after six weeks or so, the two were having an on and off relationship once more, Kester said.

Gary Coleman was cremated on June 17 and his ashes are currently being taken care of by a court-appointed attorney. Shannon Price and Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Anna Gray are still fighting over who is the real heir to the late actor’s estate. Gray is named as the primary benificiary in a 2005 will, but Price claims she was still Coleman’s common-law wife despite their official divorce.

Randy Kester is now representing Gray in the court battle between the two.

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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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