Judge Orders Coleman Cremated After 2 Days

A Utah judge has ordered that Gary Coleman's remains be cremated after 48 hours.

Fourth District Judge James Taylor on Monday appointed an independent attorney to oversee the "Diffr'ent Strokes" star's estate and the cremation of his remains until a dispute between Coleman's ex-wife and his ex-girlfriend is settled.

Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price, and his former girlfriend and manager, Anna Gray, both contend they are the lawful administrators of his estate.

Gray is named in a 2005 will, and Taylor delayed Coleman's cremation so she could travel to Utah from Portland, Ore., and see him one more time.

Price is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that's intended to amend any earlier wills. The note names Price as the sole heir.

Earlier Monday, Coleman's former manager and friend Dion Mial announced through his lawyer that he was bowing out of the fight to administer Coleman's estate.

Mial was named in Coleman's 1999 will and was informally appointed as the estate's special administrator but was challenged by Price.

Coleman stated in his wills that he wanted to be cremated.

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