SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new purported will from deceased actor Gary Coleman has surfaced that could complicate the settling of his estate, according to a news report.
The will filed with 4th District Court in Provo, Utah, on Friday names Anna Gray as the beneficiary of his estate, The Salt Lake Tribune reported in its Saturday edition.
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The paper said Gray, an Oregon resident, reportedly headed a company started by Coleman. It said Gray's Provo attorney Randy Kester was unavailable for comment.
A 1999 will by Coleman has already been entered for probate by the actor's friend and former manager, Dion Mial.
Gray asked the court to have Mial removed as executor and that she be named to the role, according to the documents, which the Tribune said it obtained Friday.
The star of the 1970's sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" died May 28 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
His ex-wife Shannon Price has petitioned to be executor and filed court papers that included a 2007 note with Coleman's signature that's intended to amend any earlier wills and name Price as the sole heir.
"I made this change of free will and was not coerced in any way," says the note dated Sept. 4, 2007, less than a month after Coleman and Price married. "This I have done because of my personal selfishness and my weakness and I love her with all my heart."
The new complication surfaced just days before Price and her attorneys are to appear in a court hearing Monday to discuss the estate.
In her court petition, Price said that even though they were divorced in August 2008, she was still his common law wife. It wasn't publicly known that the two were divorced until after his death.
Price referred to Coleman as her husband when she called 911 on May 26, saying the actor had fallen and was bleeding severely from the back of his head.
Coleman starred for eight seasons on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," starting in 1978. The tiny 10-year-old's "Whachu talkin' 'bout?" became a catch phrase in the show about two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. He played Arnold Jackson, the younger of the two brothers.
The Salt Lake Tribune contributed to this report
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