Reports: Gary Coleman's body has been cremated
Gary Coleman's body has been cremated, ETonline and "The Insider" report, both citing unnamed sources. The cremation, one consistent point in Coleman's various wills, had been delayed by a judge pending a viewing by ex-girlfriend Anna Gray that finally happened Wednesday.
There will be no funeral, in line with the actor's 2005 will -- that's the one in which he left everything to Gray. Gray and another Coleman buddy, Kent Emmons, are organizing a private memorial for 15-20 friends, TMZ reports.
Specifically not on the invite list? Coleman's estranged parents, and ex-wife Shannon Price, who had control over Coleman's final decisions thanks to an advance directive naming her his health agent. That same directive, incidentally, contained a check mark on the "Choice to Prolong Life" box; Price had the life-support plug pulled within 24 hours of when Coleman slipped into a coma. The former child actor had specified continuing life support for at least 15 days if he slipped into an irreversible coma, according to CNN.
Makes sense that the person standing to benefit from the 2005 will wouldn't be rolling out the red carpet for the person standing to benefit from the 2007 will.
No matter about no invite, though -- perhaps Price can attend ...
... what Radar Online describes as an "international memorial" being planned by former agent Victor Perillo, in conjunction with, he says, NBC and Norman Lear.
"Gary was an international star loved by the world," Perillo said in a statement, "heralded as one of the finest child actors of our time. He should be honored by industry professionals, producers, executives, government officials, etc."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Gary Coleman, photographed on April 24, 2009, in New York City. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
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