“The Colemans don’t want to fight with anyone,” their lawyer said in a statement. “They just want to bring their son home.”
Apparently, they want to lay him to rest in his childhood state of Illinois, although Gary and his parents reportedly haven’t spoken since his 1989 lawsuit when he accused them of stealing a lot of his earnings from when he was a child star.
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.”
And things are even more complicated than that.
“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.”
But Gary’s former ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ co-star, Todd Bridges, contradicts that assertion.
“[A friend of mine and I] have paperwork, and we’ll bring it out soon, that will show what his wishes were and what he wanted,” explains Todd. “There’s a big fight going on with his parents and some other people involved, and after we bring this paperwork out, everybody’s going to shut up.”
What a mess. Hopefully everyone can find a way to lay Gary to rest in peace in a dignified manner.
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