After being held up by legal wrangling for nearly three weeks, the cremation of 'Diff’rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman’s remains took place the way he wanted - without any fanfare, the attorney named to oversee the estate said.
Attorney Robert Jeffs said in a statement the remains were cremated at a mortuary in Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb.
“The proceeding was conducted in accordance with Mr Coleman’s desires as expressed in his will that no funeral service, wake or other ceremony memorialise his passing,” the brief statement said.
Jeffs revealed earlier this week that Coleman’s 2005 will specified he wanted no funeral.
That document trumped a 1999 will in which Coleman said he wanted to be remembered in a wake conducted by people who had no financial ties to him and “can look each other in the eyes and say they really cared personally for Gary Coleman”.
The former child TV star died on May 28 at the age of 42 after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He had fallen two days earlier at his home in Santaquin, about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Coleman’s cremation had been on hold because of a dispute over his assets between his ex-wife, Shannon Price, and ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray. Both contend they are the lawful administrators of his estate.
On Monday, a Utah judge appointed Mr Jeffs to oversee Coleman’s property and the cremation of Coleman’s remains until the dispute is settled.
Mr Jeffs has said Coleman’s ashes and property will be securely stored until a final determination is made on an estate executor. It is a decision Mr Jeffs said could take months.
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. Coleman played Arnold Jackson, the younger of the two brothers.