Gary Coleman’s Funeral Postponed Due to Family Feud
Even in death, Gary Coleman is finding it difficult to find a little peace.
The former Diff’rent Strokes actor, who died last Friday at the age of 42, was due to be buried this weekend in Utah, but now the funeral has been postponed, due to a developing war over the custody of his remains.
Coleman’s parents, Sue and Willie Coleman, have announced their intention to file a legal action seeking custody of their son’s remains so that they can bury the actor in his hometown of Zion, Illinois, where they still live.
The only hitch? Coleman’s will apparently dictates that his ex-wife, Shannon Price, should handle the funeral arrangements, at least according to Coleman’s agent, Sheila Erickson. Noting that Coleman’s parents have “different plans than what is in Gary’s will,” Erickson asserts,
“It’s clear that Shannon is the one that Gary wants to represent him, as she did in the hospital. He didn’t mention, at any time, his parents.”
Coleman had been estranged from his parents since 1989, when he sued them for allegedly stealing much of the fortune he’d accumulated as a child star. (He filed for bankruptcy the following year.)