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PROVO, UTAH (AP) - Gary Coleman’s ex-wife wants a judge to award her the child TV star’s estate.
Shannon Price testified Monday in 4th District Court that even though the two divorced in 2008, they kept living together and presented themselves to the public as married until his death May 28, 2010.
The “Diff’rent Strokes” actor was taken off life support after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home, according to a copy of his death certificate in court records. He was 42.
The trial started Monday and was to continue Tuesday.
Gray, representing herself, asked Price why she took her name off the deed to the couple’s house in Santaquin, Utah.
“It was y’all’s home and y’all made the payments, but you thought that Gary should be liable for it?” Gray asked.
Price, 26, said she had to take her name off the deed as a condition of divorce.
Price said she met Colemen on the Utah set of the movie “Church Ball” in 2005. A marriage license says they wed Aug. 28, 2007, at Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. They divorced less than a year later under a sealed court order.
It’s not clear how much Coleman’s estate is worth, but court papers mention a $324,000 house and a pension, among other possible assets. Price said they shared bank accounts, and her lawyers say Gary Coleman listed Price as his wife for Social Security benefits as late as 2010.
Coleman’s parents, Willie and Edmonia Coleman, have asserted no claim on his estate, court papers say.
Price’s lawyer, Mitchell Maughan, said the case is more about future rights to Coleman’s name and brand than assets.
“He was not a zillionaire,” Maughan said.
Price said her relationship with Gary Coleman had ups and downs, but “we couldn’t be without each other” even after divorce.
Neighbor Audra Wright however, testified that the marriage was far from perfect, the couple’s house was a mess, and the two kept separate bedrooms.
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