*There will be no funeral services held for “Diff’rent Strokes” star Gary Coleman in keeping with the late actor’s final wishes stated in his 2005 will.
Robert Jeffs, the independent attorney appointed to oversee Coleman’s property and cremation, announced today that the 2005 document specifies he did not wish to have a funeral.
Jeffs said Coleman’s ashes and property will be securely stored until a final determination is made on an estate executor, reports the AP. It’s a decision Jeffs said could take months.
Coleman died May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage at his home in Santaquin, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City. Jeffs was named special administrator of Coleman’s estate Monday after a dispute between the former child star’s ex-wife and ex-girlfriend.
Coleman said in a 1999 will that he wanted to be remembered in a wake conducted by people who had no financial ties to him and “can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman.” He also wanted none of the media that followed Coleman’s legal, financial, health and marriage troubles through his adult life to be allowed to attend.
“I direct my personal representative to permit no members of the press to be present at my wake or funeral,” Coleman stated.
That will named Dion Mial, one of Coleman’s friends and former managers, who on Monday withdrew his petition to be named as the special administrator of Coleman’s estate. Mial’s attorney said the 2005 will that names ex-girlfriend Anna Gray as administrator takes precedence because it is more recent.
Gray and Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, both contend they are the lawful administrators of Coleman’s estate. Price is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that names her as the sole heir.