Gary Coleman's parents want body turned over to them
Divorced wife had actor taken off life support
The parents of late child star Gary Coleman say they want his body returned to his home state of Illinois for a small, private funeral. The 42-year-old actor died from a brain hemorrhage in a Utah hospital last week.
Gary Coleman's marriage to Shannon Price was as rocky and tumultuous as his life and career after his left the 'Diff'rent Strokes' TV show.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - His former wife, Shannon Price, who Coleman divorced in 2008, requested that the actor be disconnected from life support. Coleman died with friends and family by his side.
Hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank says Price was named in an advanced health care directive that allowed her to make health care decisions for Coleman when he couldn't make them for himself.
Coleman's former manager and family spokesman Victor Perillo told the Associated Press that the "arrangement we're working on now is to get Gary back to his next of kin, which is his parents. The funeral home has been notified, the sheriff's office, we've notified them that there is to be no communication on where the body is to go unless its dealt with legally with Gary's next of kin, and that's the way it stands right now."
Coleman's marriage to Price was as rocky and tumultuous as his life and career after his left the "Diff'rent Strokes" TV show. The two first met on the set of "Church Ball." Coleman and Price got into a verbal altercation that brought the police in January of 2007. The two were later married in February.
While the couple had been legally divorced in August 2008, they stayed in close proximity to the other. In February, Coleman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to a domestic violence incident in April 2009.
Coleman had been plagued with a lifelong set of heath problems. Price alerted authorities when Coleman went into his final seizure.
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