Gary Coleman’s family and his wife Shannon Price are battling over his dead body. According to the Associated Press, Coleman’s estranged parents want custody of his body and want it returned to his childhood home in Illinois.
Willie and Sue Coleman claim they are the legal custodians because Gary and Shannon had divorced prior to his death last week. His parents wish to have a private funeral in Zion, Illinois as well.
A family spokesperson said today, “The arrangement we’re working on now is to get Gary back to his next of kin, which is his parents. The funeral home has been notified, the sheriff’s office, we’ve notified them that there is to be no communication on where the body is to go unless it’s dealt with legally with Gary’s next of kin, and that’s the way it stands right now.”
According to reports, Coleman hadn’t spoken with his parents on a regular basis in over twenty years. In 1989, when Gary Coleman was 21, his mother filed a court request trying to gain control of her son's $6 million fortune, saying he was incapable of handling his affairs.
The move "obviously stems from her frustration at not being able to control my life," he said at the time. Coleman then sued his parents and former business advisor over misappropriation of his $3.8 million trust fund, and won a $1,280,000 ruling on February 23, 1993.
It’s strange that suddenly they want to be so involved. We really hope they’re not trying to get money out of him. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much of that left at the time of his death.