Gary Coleman's Remains Cremated

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PROVO, Utah -- After being on hold for nearly three weeks, actor Gary Coleman's remains have been cremated as he specified he wanted -- without any funeral, ceremony, or fanfare, according to the attorney hired to oversee his estate.

Attorney Robert Jeffs said in a statement the remains were cremated at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at a mortuary in Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb.

Earlier this week, Jeffs said that Coleman's 2005 will specified he did not want a funeral. In Coleman's 1999 will, he said he wanted to remembered in a ceremony conducted by people without any financial ties to him, and who could "look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman."

Jeffs was appointed as executor of Coleman's will by a Utah judge Monday, until a dispute over his assets between his ex-wife, Shannon Price, and ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray can be settled. Both women contend they are the lawful administrators of his estate.

Coleman's ashes and property will be securely stored until a final determination is made on an estate executor.

The decision could take months.

Gray is named in a 2005 will, and the judge delayed Coleman'scremation Gray could travel to Utah from Portland, Ore., and seehis body before it is cremated.

Price is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that is intended to amend any earlierwills. The note names Price as the sole heir.

Price's attorneys contend she is the rightful heir to Coleman'sestate because even though the two divorced in 2008, she was stillhis common-law wife. Court documents say the couple continued tolive together, shared bank accounts and presented themselves ashusband and wife.

It wasn't publicly known the two had divorced until afterColeman died.

Meanwhile, it was revealed Tuesday that Coleman's living will called for him to remain in an irreversible coma for at least 15 days before life support could be ended. His ex-wife Shannon Price ordered doctors to disconnect life support just one day after the actor fell into a coma.

Coleman's "advanced medical directive" signed in October 2006 named Price, 24, as his agent to make medical decisions for him, CNN is reporting.

"If I am unable to give informed consent to medical treatment, I want my agent to give or withhold such consent for me based upon any treatment choices that I have expressed while competent, whether under this Power of Attorney or otherwise," the living will said. "If my agent cannot determine the treatment choice I would make under the particular circumstances, then my agent should make the choice based on what my agent believes to be in my best interest."

According to CNN, the document, which was attached to a petition Price filed in probate court, included guidelines Coleman wanted followed.

He said life support should be ended after two doctors decided his condition was "incurable, terminal and expected to result in my death within 12 months" or if doctors "have diagnosed that I have been in a coma for at least 15 days and that the coma is irreversible, meaning that there is no reasonable possibility of my ever regaining consciousness."

"Then, my agent is authorized to require that medical treatment which would prolong irreversible coma or delay my inevitable death... not be instituted, or if previously instituted, to require that it be discontinued," the directive said, according to CNN.

A spokesman for the Utah Medical Association said a family member's wishes have more weight than what's written in a living will.

Coleman fell and hit his head at his Utah home on May 26. He was still conscious when he was taken to a hospital inProvo but slipped into a coma the next day and was placed on life support. It was his ex-wife who made the decision to take him off life support on May 28. Legal documents signed in 2006 gave Price the legal authority to make medical decisions for him if he couldn't.

Coleman starred for eight seasons on the sitcom "Diff'rentStrokes," starting in 1978. The 10-year-old's "Whachu talkin''bout?" became a catch phrase in the show about twoAfrican-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man.

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