Gary Coleman's Ex-Wife and Ex-Girlfriend Battle Over Estate

Gary Coleman's cremation will be postponed until Wednesday so a former girlfriend can travel to Utah to see his body.

During a hearing Monday, Utah Judge James Taylor delayed the cremation of Coleman's remains to give ex-girlfriend Anna Gray time to travel from her home in Portland, Oregon, to Utah to see the actor's body.

"She's attached to him. She cared about him. She just wants to see him again," Gray's attorney Randy Kester told The Associated Press.

Gray has been fighting with Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price over his estate. Both contend they are the lawful administrators of the estate.

Taylor appointed Provo attorney Robert Jeffs as the special administrator of Coleman's estate to oversee his property and cremation until the dispute between his exes is settled.

The "Diff'rent Strokes" star died May 28 after a fall that led to an intracranial hemorrhage, but his cremation has been held up by legal wrangling over his assets, which include a Utah home valued at $315,000 and a collection of toy trains.

Anna Gray and Gary Coleman at the 2003 Emmy Awards.

Gray was named executor of Coleman's estate in a 2005 will. Kester told the AP that Coleman and Gray knew each other for eight years. During that time, she managed his career and lived with him briefly in Utah until he met Price in 2005 on the set of the comedy "Church Ball."

Coleman and Price married on a Nevada mountaintop in 2007. She was 22, he was 40.

It was recently revealed that the couple had divorced in 2008, just shy of their one-year anniversary.

Price claims she was named executor of her ex-husband's estate in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that is intended to amend any earlier wills. The note names Price as the sole heir.

Price's attorneys contend she is the rightful heir to Coleman's estate, because even though the couple divorced, she was still his common-law wife. Court documents state the couple continued to live together, shared bank accounts and presented themselves as husband and wife.

In one of the documents submitted, Coleman's health care power of attorney, the actor stated that he wished not to be taken off life support.

Under the heading "Instructions for Health Care," Coleman checked the box "Choice to Prolong Life," which states: "I want my life to be prolonged as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards."

The other option, "Choice Not to Prolong Life," was left unchecked.

Price, who was by Coleman's side as he was removed from life support, defended her decisions in the aftermath of Coleman's death last week on "Good Morning America."

Price: 'I Would Never Hurt My Husband'

Price emphatically denied contributing to the fall that lead to the former child star's death, saying she "would take my own life before I would ever, ever harm him."

Price, who arrived for her interview in a wheelchair and had to stop speaking when she thought she might be suffering a seizure, told "GMA" that she was happy that Coleman was no longer suffering.

"We discussed death a few times and he always said he would be very unfair if he left me and I really respect that," Price said "because I loved him and he loved me and we just can't live without each other."

In a panicked 911 call, Price can be heard describing the scene after Coleman apparently fell and split the back of his head open, spilling blood "everywhere" and causing her to fear for his life.

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