Late actor Gary Coleman's longtime friend and business associate Anna Gray has reassured his fans that the former child star was cremated weeks after his death in 2010, and they should ignore all reports to the contrary.
Despite claims that the Diff'rent Strokes star's remains had not been buried a year after his death, Gray insists Coleman's lawyer Robert Jeffs oversaw his cremation and now she is in possession of his ashes.
In a statement obtained by Wenn, Gray writes, "I realized that Gary's fans may be thinking that he's floating along out there in limbo. He isn't. When Gary finally came home with me, I did post something on Facebook, so those who had actually met him in my life knew he was home and fine with me for nearly two years.
"For what it's worth, I went back to Provo (Utah) to meet with Robert Jeffs, who was the interim executor for Gary's estate, to receive the last of Gary's possessions. This was in December of 2012. It was at that time that I was also given Gary's ashes. After trying to sort through what was left of his physical possessions, I brought Gary back to Oregon with me. So Gary is with me and my family now, safe and sound."
But Coleman's friend insists she'll never reveal where she plans to scatter the star's ashes.
She adds, "In my desire to protect Gary from any further intrusions on his privacy (and to protect the others in my family), I never made any official statement regarding his final resting place... (and) I now realize that a lot of folks may still be wondering if Gary was finally taken care of. He was.
"As to his Final resting place, I'm afraid I can't give the world any physical location on that b/c (because) it was Gary's wish that I choose the final disposition myself and that I never share that location with anyone whatsoever. My own husband will never know where Gary is once I've made the choice and laid Gary to rest.
"Gary's last and most horrible fear was that even in death he wouldn't be allowed any peace. It was Gary's wish Not to be visited and remembered. Obviously, Gary will never be forgotten. I hope that in time folks will remember only how he made them smile, not all the Bs (bulls**t) that got dumped on him throughout his life. He was a much better man than most folks ever knew. That's the legacy I hope to give him, that he was a very good man."
Gray was named executor and beneficiary of Coleman's estate in his 2005 will. He signed a handwritten codicil to the document after marrying Shannon Price in 2007, but that amendment became ineffective after Coleman and Price divorced in 2008.
Price unsuccessfully filed to enforce the codicil after Coleman died by arguing they had become common-law husband and wife after the split. She claimed the only reason they didn’t officially get re-married was because they wanted to avoid publicity.
As a result, Gray was eventually entitled to claim the star's ashes and his possessions, as per his will.