Gary didn’t want anyone to pull the plug
In case the Gary Coleman story wasn’t complicated enough already, at least two new legal documents have emerged that shed light onto the actor’s wishes for his healthcare and estate. In one, a medical directive filed in 2006, Gary specifically indicated that he wanted his life prolonged“as long as possible within the limits of generally accepted health care standards.” He did not check the the choice “not to prolong life,” meaning he probably wouldn’t have agreed with his ex wife’s twisted reasoning for pulling the plug on him after just 24 hours. Radar Online has an interview with one Gary’s lawyers, who claims that both Todd Bridges and Gary’s ex manager, Dion Mial, begged Shannon not to pull the plug on him. She of course didn’t listen to their pleas.
Gary had a third will, leaving everything to his girlfriend before Price
As Radar Online reported last week, Coleman had a third will, and the details have just been released. In 2005 he filed a will in which he named a girlfriend he was living with at the time, Anny Gray, as executor and heir. The date of the will falls in between a 1999 will in which he named former manager Dion Mial executor and a 2006 will that was amended with a handwritten note from Gary leaving everything to his then-wife, Shannon Price. The 2006 will was unsigned and was not notarized, meaning that will and the handwritten addendum/codicil may be invalid. What’s more is that by divorcing Shannon Gary may have also legally rendered the codicil invalid. In light of the new will, Mial has withdrawn his petition to be named executor.
Coleman’s relationship with Anna Gray
Gray was living with Coleman in 2005, and he named her the CEO of his corporation. A friend of Coleman’s states that Anna was “like the mother hen to Gary” and that they were platonic friends. Anna’s lawyer asserts that they “had a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship for quite a while.”
Coleman’s friend explains that when Coleman met Price, she muscled in and forced Gray out of the home. “When Shannon moved in, the relationship got difficult because Shannon didn’t like the fact that there was somebody else in his life. And, of course, he sided with [Shannon], and Anna was asked to leave.” Gray’s lawyer claims that Coleman was afraid of Price, but that “as much as I am lead to believe that Shannon would cause Gary harm and that he feared her, I don’t think there is any evidence to prove that she caused it.”
Cause of death released
Coleman’s body did undergo an autopsy, despite earlier claims by his ex manager, Dion Mial, that Price was working to block one. The cause of death has been released, and it’s been determined a “closed head injury,” caused by a fall and complicated by “chronic renal failure.” Shannon Price is listed as Gary’s wife although she divorced him in 2008.
Cremation plans for Gary
There has been no funeral yet for Coleman due to the various parties fighting over his estate. A court ruled in a hearing attended by Shannon Price yesterday that Coleman should be cremated, as per his wishes, by Wednesday. This is to allow Gray time enough to travel from Oregon to Utah to see him. Gray’s attorney explained that “She’s attached to him. She cared about him. She just wants to see him again.”
Shannon Price continues to fight for the estate
Meanwhile Shannon Price is continuing the fight for Coleman’s estate. She has allegedly removed almost everything from the home she shared with him, except for his clothing and bed. She was also seen taking legal documents. Gray’s lawyer plans to file a restraining order against Price, and tells Radar Online that her objectives are obvious:
“I would not have cared one bit if she went into his house and took her personal things, but I understand… nothing is left in the home beyond Gary’s bed and his clothing.
“She has taken all his personal papers, evidence and other belongings.
“That is completely disrespectful and a further indication of what her objectives are.”
Price is working to have herself declared Coleman’s common law wife so that she can secure rights to his estate. While he was generally considered broke, he’s eligible for a pension that could run into the millions. His estate will also have licensing rights to his image. Price has already earned $10,000 for selling a photo of herself posing with Gary while he was on his deathbed.
Photos of Price at yesterday’s hearing in Provo, UT from Deseret Morning News via Radar Online