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Last week, we learned that Gary Coleman's 1999 will prohibited members of the press from attending his funeral -- meaning that he wanted a funeral. But that was before Coleman's ex-girlfriend Anna Gray came forward with a newer version of the will, this one from 2005. And per the instructions in that revised will, Coleman's attorney has announced that there will be no funeral at all. The actor, who died of a brain hemorrhage on May 28 at age 42, will not even have the wake he requested in his 1999 will, which he asked to be attended by "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."
Maybe it's for the best, because it seems like every person who was important in Coleman's life is still fighting over his money. Ex-wife Shannon Price, who was present when Coleman died, was not named in either will -- but has a hand-written note from 2007 naming her as the sole heir. Meanwhile, the 2005 will leaves everything to Gray. And we wouldn't be surprised if Coleman's estranged parents jumped into the fray to contest his exes' authority. But at least one of Coleman's dying wishes is clear: his remains will be cremated this week. Whether Shannon Price will be scattering his ashes around train tracks depends on who is ultimately named estate executor. Coleman's lawyer believes that the decision could take months. We hope the whole mess gets straightened out soon, so that Gary Coleman can finally rest in peace.
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