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Actor Gary Coleman’s weekend funeral has been canceled now that his parents and ex-wife are fighting for custody of his remains.
updated 6/4/2010 2:32:01 PM ET 2010-06-04T18:32:01

Gary Coleman will not be laid to rest this weekend as originally planned.

With the late actor's ex-wife and estranged parents now warring over custody of his body, Coleman's Utah funeral has been canceled, the Salt Lake Tribune confirms.

Sue and Willie Coleman — estranged from the "Diff'rent Strokes" star at the time of his death at age 42 — plan to file an action for legal control over their son's remains. The grieving parents reportedly want Coleman's body delivered to his birthplace of Zion, Ill., where they currently reside.

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"The Colemans don't want to fight with anyone," their lawyer said in a statement. "They just want to bring their son home." (Gary and his mother and father's estrangement began with a 1989 lawsuit, in which he accused them of stealing a large portion of his fortune as a child star.)

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On Wednesday, it was revealed that Shannon Price, who told doctors to pull the plug last Friday and who is now planning Coleman's funeral, has been divorced from the actor since August 2008. But the Provo, Utah, hospital where Coleman died confirmed that Price had been legally authorized to make medical decisions on Coleman's behalf regardless of their marital status. Still, Sue and Willie Coleman are arguing their legal rights to take over funeral arrangements.

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Sue and Willie Coleman have "different plans than what is in Gary's will," counters Gary's agent, Sheila Erickson. "It's clear that Shannon is the one that Gary wants to represent him, as she did in the hopsital," Erickson said. "He didn't mention, at any time, his parents."

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And it gets even more complicated. "No one's come forward with what appears to be a valid will," Gary's attorney Randy Kester revealed to UsMagazine.com on Wednesday.

"He had an old trust prepared, by whom I don't know," Kester added to the Salt Lake Tribune. "Every copy I had seen was unsigned. He just simply wouldn't take the time to go and get that done."

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  1. Star's sad goodbye

    Actor Gary Coleman arrives for 6th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 8, 2008. The former "Diff'rent Strokes" child star died May 28, 2010, at a Utah hospital after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage in a fall at his home. He was 42 years old. (Chris Pizzello / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Trouble with the law

    Coleman is shown in a booking photo provided by the Utah County jail on Jan. 24, 2010. The actor was arrested in Utah on a warrant for failing to appear in court, police said. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. One tall order

    Coleman joins a couple pals at the the premiere of "Midgets vs. Mascots" during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at AMC Village VII in New York on April 25, 2009. The film is a mockumentury about five little people and five mascots who compete against one another in 30 absurdly ridiculous events to win a million dollars. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Riding high

    Coleman exits his truck to enter court in Payson, Utah, on Dec. 2, 2008. He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a September incident at a bowling alley in Payson, about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City. (Stuart Johnson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. New bride

    Coleman and his wife Shannon Price appear on the TODAY show in New York on Feb. 26, 2008. Coleman secretly wed his girlfriend of five months on Aug. 28, 2007. They met on the set of the 2006 comedy film "Church Ball." (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Our man in the field

    Demonstrators who suggest that pop icon Michael Jackson is guilty of child abuse confront Coleman, center, as he works for a comedy radio show while Jackson is in court on the first day of opening statements for his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2005. (David McNew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. An actor? As governor? Ridiculous

    Coleman, a candidate for governor in California's recall election, poses after a news conference announcing the Game Show Network's new show titled "Who Wants To Be Governor of California? The Debating Game" in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2003. (Carlo Allegri / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Money woes

    Coleman announces that he is filing for bankruptcy in federal court in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1999. "This is the last step in 10 years of steps to mitigate and eliminate the dead weight of the past and is the day I have been looking forward to," Coleman said. The actor said mismanagement of his income as a child star led to his financial troubles. (James Peterson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Run with it

    Coleman, center, stars with Michael Lembeck and Lisa Eilbacher in the 1981 film "On the Right Track." Coleman plays Lester, a homeless shoeshine boy who has a knack for picking winning horses out of the newspaper. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Space cadet

    Coleman and Gil Gerard star in the television series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" which aired from 1979-1981. Coleman played a child genius from the 20th century named Hieronymous Fox. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Big fame for little stars

    Coleman, left, and French actor Herve Villechaize pose together at the Fifth Annual Emmy Awards Banquet, in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 8, 1979. Coleman was starring in in "Diff'rent Strokes" as Arnold and Villechaize in "Fantasy Island" as Tattoo at the time. Villechaize died in 1993. (Frank Edwards / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?

    Coleman, right, starred with Todd Bridges, left, and Conrad Bain in the series "Diff'rent Strokes" from 1978-86. Coleman played Arnold Jackson and Bridges was his older brother, Willis. Bain was Mr. Drummond, a rich widower who adopted the boys. (NBC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Fits to a T

    Coleman and Mr. T square off in the "Diff'rent Stokes" episode "Mr. T and mr. t" in 1983. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Mr. October's pal

    In a undated photo, Coleman gets a lift from former New York Yankees star Reggie Jackson. (Lennox Mclendon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Couple of comedians

    Coleman poses with actress Lucille Ball during a break in filming "The Lucille Ball Special" in Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 19, 1979. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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