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Shannon Price: I Was Gary's Common-Law Wife

6/10/2010 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gary Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price, just filed legal docs claiming she wants to be appointed special administrator of Gary's estate ... on grounds she was Gary's common-law wife -- and she's submitted a handwritten document purportedly from Gary making her the sole beneficiary. 

Shannon Price

Shannon has submitted a copy of what she claims is a handwritten addendum written by Gary Coleman in 2007, which says Shannon is the "sole heir of any and all monies, properties, bank accounts, earnings, model trains, vehicles, cars, toys, games, electronics, homes, other inheritances if any, all things physical and/or intellectual." 

And this is interesting the handwritten document, it says, "This I have done because of my personal selfishness and weakness and I Love her with all my heart."

The handwritten addendum modifies a will written in 2006, which states, "I revoke all previous wills.  I specifically disinherit my biological parents and siblings."  But here's the catch.  The 2006 will was never signed by Gary.

In the docs, Shannon says the most pressing matter right now is the "disposition of the body."

Shannon's lawyer claims in the docs, "Shannon and the decedent continued to have a romantic relationship and engage in romantic and sexual relations."

As for why Price claims she was Gary's common-law wife, her lawyer says they had joint bank accounts, incurred debt jointly, filed joint tax returns, celebrated holidays and other important days together and "they fought on occasion."

We checked and Utah is one of the few states that does recognize common-law marriage -- however, the law requires that the couple "request to have a common-law marriage recognized" during the relationship or within one year after the end of the relationship.

Shanon's lawyer also filed a letter from a pension department which says she is listed as the "primary beneficiary to receive the benefit."


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Shannon selling those photos to the globe backfired on her. The headline reads "Gary Coleman: It was Murder: Wife Shannon sobs I didn't push him."

1407 days ago


And this piece of trash was what he replaced the leeches that were previously in his life with? This guy's life was just sad, sad, sad. Not that he didn't contribute. He had reason to be bitter, but he allowed his bitterness to eat him alive. Rest his troubled soul.

1407 days ago


There is a difference between a common law wife and a common law HOE...He divorced you idiot it's over!

1407 days ago


Something's not right in this sistuation....Her "Husband" just died...why is she giving interviews days or hours after he passed? I understand people handle grief differntly,but he hasn't even been cremeated or laid to rest and a battle of the will has already started with her? Yeah, something's not right....

1407 days ago


We almost made it a whole day without something lame coming from Shannon Price.
I would rather read about Heidi and Spencer and extreme dislike for them.

1407 days ago


She really needs to give it a rest.Poor Gary..She is doing what Gary did not want..

1407 days ago


I agree...this women is TRASH

1407 days ago


How'd she pay for all that new dental work if she's so broke? Now she has veneers on those two front buck teeth.

1407 days ago


ok, ok, let this Gold digger, be administrator of Gary's will. Then I hope he was so in Debt that she has to pay it ALL back.. every dime.. I'm still wondering if she pushed Him down those stairs...why is she so Hot to be in his will??

1407 days ago


She sounds to be a gold digger...


1407 days ago


She is just a dumb stupid bitch thats all .. Let the man rest in peace lady.. Your nothing but a gold digger just like all the rest of the people that marry celebrities they dont care about the person all they care about is the money.. Let him rest..

1407 days ago


Please please please tell me they are still investigating this case. This chick is certifiable crazy. Something is wrong here.

1407 days ago


sounds like she wants to cremate the body before a forensic autopsy can be performed

1407 days ago


Why isn't she under investigation for the weird cir***stances in which he passed away?? Just like with Michael Jackson first it was an accident or cardiac arrest or whatever it was.. But the family pushed for an investigation and it turns out his Dr is responsible for his death.. This bit*h needs to be in jail!!

1407 days ago


The SLC police would have mentioned a problem regarding Gary's death if there was a reason for it. Obviously, the police and medical staff did not feel there was an issue after examining the man. These people deserve more credibility than the gladiatorial circus on this website. Let the man rest in peace and let the latest will pervail. Gary did not want Dion or the others in his life and there must be a good reason for it. Otherwise, Gary would have made someone else in charge of his medical and legal decisions. Dion did not talk to Gary for 20 years, did not see to it that he had work, did not take care of him after his illnesses or surgeries. Nor was Todd there...

1407 days ago
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