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    Gary Coleman's Funeral Off for Now as Will Surfaces

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    Funerals, unfortunately, cost money.

    And Gary Coleman's live-in ex-wife, Shannon Price, says she's out of it.

    That, and the actor's parents wanted him laid to rest in a completely different place than Price had pictured.

    Put it all together and you've got zero funeral plans for this weekend.

    "I should know something by the end of today as to what arrangements are being made, it's all in the hands of the attorneys," Victor Perillo, Coleman's former agent who's now acting as spokesman for the actor's parents, tells E! News.

    Perillo previously said that Sue and Willie Coleman were planning to attend the service, but then they announced their desire to make arrangements to have his body transported back to his hometown of Zion, Ill., or, perhaps, to Los Angeles to be buried at the famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

    "I also think it's important to know the Colemans never stopped any funeral and they never questioned a will," Perillo tells E! News. "The will came up when the attorneys found out that [Price] wasn't legally married to him and because of that she didn't have the right to do anything. The last thing the Colemans want is to fight with anyone. They are not angry with the girl. They just want him to be buried."

    Price said in an interview the day after Coleman died that she couldn't afford his funeral, but then the brewing battle for custody of the Diff'rent Strokes star's body delayed his being laid to rest.

    "The family [his parents] has different plans than what is in Gary's will," Coleman's agent when he died, Shieila Erickson, told the Salt Lake Tribune. Blake Yates, a funeral director at Memorial Estates, also confirmed that plans for a service this weekend had been canceled.

    "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."

    As for that will, whether it's the "secret" one Todd Bridges mentioned or not, Utah attorney Kent Alderman, who says he represents the executor of Coleman's estate, has now come forward saying that he's in possession of a will made out by the actor in 1999.

    Sue and Willie Coleman's lawyer, Frederick Jackson, said the executor is former Coleman manager and friend Dion Mal and that his clients are happy to follow along with whatever wishes their son set forth in the 1999 document.

    Alderman said he'll file the paperwork sometime next week.

    —Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz

    (Originally published June 4, 2010, at 3:45 p.m. PT)

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