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Gary Coleman may have died unexpectedly at age 42, but he was never a healthy man; he suffered from a severe kidney disease as a child, and heart problems as he reached middle age. So eleven years ago, Coleman took the time to write down a very personal will -- including instructions for who should attend his funeral. According to People, Coleman's will specifies that the only people who can attend his wake are "those who have no financial ties to me and who can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman." The statement does not specifically mention Coleman's parents, Sue and Willie Coleman, but seems to be at least partly directed at them; Gary sued his parents for taking money from his childhood trust fund in 1989, and stopped communicating with them entirely around 1995 (shortly before filing for bankruptcy). Coleman also requested that members of the press be banned from both his wake and funeral.
One person who's not addressed in the will: Coleman's wife (recently revealed to be his ex-wife) Shannon Price, 24, who married Coleman after the 1999 document was created. Coleman's manager has expressed concern that Price is trying to profit from Coleman's death, and accuses her in court documents of "removing personal property from [Coleman]'s home which has not been inventoried or accounted for." As for Price, she has announced plans to contest the 1999 will, saying she has a 2007 document in which Coleman leaves her everything.
Price also wants to take responsibility for Coleman's ashes after he's cremated. His one-time love told Entertainment Tonight that she'd like "to spread some of them around some train tracks because trains were his hobby and he loved that very much." As for his estate, Price is aware that it's not worth that much. "His financial problems have always been bad with people stealing from him," she says."Gary hasn't been able to take care of finances very well because no one taught him. [But] we survived through everything."
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