Following two days in court, a judge will decide the fate of the child star’s estate
Update May 15:
The judge has ruled against Shannon Price on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Price and Gary Coleman had been living as a married couple after their 2008 divorce. Follow-up story to come…
On Monday and Tuesday two women fought over former child star Gary Coleman’s estate in a Fourth District Court in Provo, two years after the former actor’s death.
According to reports by The Salt Lake Tribune and other major news outlets, Anna Gray, a friend and colleague of Coleman’s who acted as CEO of a corporation he formed, represented herself in court against Shannon Price.
Price, the “Diff’rent Strokes” star’s ex-wife, argued in court that she and Coleman had been living in a common-law marriage since their 2008 divorce. Gray claimed that she had been named as a beneficiary of Coleman’s in a 2005 will. After two days of trial, Judge James Taylor said he would issue a ruling on the case at a later date.
Coleman’s estate, according to Gray, has no monetary worth. Gray said she was concerned with protecting Coleman’s cremated remains and his future intellectual property. His Santaquin home has already been foreclosed on by lenders. Taylor’s ruling will give one of the two women control of Coleman’s entire estate.
Price and Coleman lived in Santaquin for several years following Coleman’s appearance in the movie “Church Ball”. During the trial some Santaquin residents were called upon to testify, among those mentioned in The Tribune’s reports was Coleman’s across-the-street neighbor Audra Wright who told the judge that Price and Coleman’s relationship was abusive.