Coleman’s Ex In ‘Spouse’ Battle

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July 19, 2010 | 9:10pm EST

Tragic actor Gary Coleman’s ex-wife has asked a Utah judge to formally recognise her as the dead star’s spouse.

Shannon Price insists she and Coleman continued to live together after their 2008 divorce, and even told people they were still man and wife.

And now Price wants a judge to recognise the common law arrangement, so she has more power to make decisions in the ongoing battle over her ex-husband’s estate.

Coleman, 42, died after suffering a brain haemorrhage in May.

Price is battling Coleman’s ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray, for the late star’s estate. Both claim documents written by Coleman award them his belongings.