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Gary Coleman's ex-wife seeks estate

June 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The ex-wife of Gary Coleman filed a petition on Thursday in a Utah court to be appointed as the special administrator of his estate. According to the petition, even though Coleman and Shannon Price were divorced in 2008, she is still his common law wife and that she should be the one to make funeral arrangements.

It wasn't publicly known that the two were divorced until after his death. The divorce papers were sealed in Utah courts.

When making the 911 call on May 26, Price referred to Coleman as her husband. She frantically told the dispatcher that the actor had fallen and was bleeding severely from the back of his head.

The former child actor died on May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was still conscious when he was taken to a hospital in Provo, but slipped into unconsciousness the next day and was placed on life support. It was Price - named in an advanced health care directive - who ordered that he be taken off it.

Coleman's last-known will names friend and former manager Dion Mial as his estate's executor. However, documents filed by Price's attorneys say they have an unsigned will drawn up in 2005 that names Price as the conservator of his estate.

The two met in 2005 on the set of the movie "Church Ball."

Coleman starred for eight seasons on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," starting in 1978.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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