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Gary Coleman's former friend to bow out of estate fight

The Associated Press, Monday, June 14, 2010, 9:09am (PDT)

SALT LAKE CITY -- An attorney for the former manager and friend of late actor Gary Coleman says he will bow out of the fight for Coleman's estate.

A hearing on Coleman's estate was scheduled for Monday in Provo, Utah.

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Attorney Kent Alderman told The Associated Press that Dion Mial will no longer seek to be appointed the special administrator of Coleman's estate because a more recent will has surfaced.

Mial was named in Coleman's 1999 will and was informally appointed as the estate's special administrator. But that appointment was challenged by Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price.

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On Friday, an attorney for Coleman's former girlfriend Anna Gray filed documents with the court saying she was named in a 2005 will.

Price and Gray each say they should be responsible for administering the "Diff'rent Strokes" star's estate and deciding what happens to his remains.

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