*Gary Coleman’s friend and former manager has given up his fight to be appointed the special administrator of his estate, his attorney announced Monday in advance of a scheduled hearing in Provo.
Attorney Kent Alderman told The Associated Press that Dion Mial will no longer seek to be appointed special administrator of Coleman’s estate because a more recent will has surfaced.
“We don’t have any reason to dispute it, so we would leave it to the court to appoint someone else to undertake that responsibility,” Alderman said. “Our goal has always been to try to fulfill Gary’s wishes as we knew them.”
Mial was named in Coleman’s 1999 will and was informally appointed by a state court as the estate’s special administrator. But that appointment was challenged by Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price – who is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that’s intended to amend any earlier wills and name Price as the sole heir. Today’s hearing is intended to settle that dispute.
As previously reported, another will has surfaced that names Anna Gray – coleman’s former girlfriend – as the appointed administrator of his estate. On Friday, an attorney for Gray filed documents with the court saying she was named in the later will, which was drawn up in 2005.
Price and Gray each say they should be responsible for administering the estate of the “Diff’rent Strokes” star and deciding what happens to his remains. Coleman stated in both wills that he wanted to be cremated.
Price’s attorneys contend she is the rightful heir to Coleman’s estate because even though the two divorced in 2008, she was still his common law wife. Court documents say the couple continued to live together, shared bank accounts and presented themselves as husband and wife. It wasn’t publicly known the two had divorced until after Coleman died on May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
A court filing by Gray’s attorney and one-time Coleman defense attorney Randy Kester said Gray has been informed that Price has been removing personal property from Coleman’s home.
On June 10, the Fourth District Court ordered that no more of Coleman’s property be removed or sold. The court also prohibited anyone from selling or distributing photographs of Coleman prior to or after his death.
Price appeared in a picture with Coleman on his death bed on the cover of The Globe on June 8.