Coleman died May 28 at 42 after suffering a brain hemorrhage at his Utah home.
The Diff'rent Strokes star's former manager and family spokesman, Victor Perillo, maintained that Coleman's parents are the legal custodians of his body since it was revealed that Coleman was divorced from his wife, Shannon Price, when he died.
"The arrangement we're working on now is to get Gary back to his next of kin, which is his parents," Perillo told the AP. "The funeral home has been notified, the sheriff's office, we've notified them that there is to be no communication on where the body is to go unless its dealt with legally with Gary's next of kin, and that's the way it stands right now."
Price, who married Coleman in 2007, was the one who ordered Coleman to be taken off of life support. Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank told the AP that Price was permitted to make health care decisions for Coleman when he couldn't make them for himself, per a health care directive.
The actor's parents, Willie and Sue Coleman, said they learned about their son's hemorrhage and death through media reports. The Colemans had been estranged from their son since he successfully sued them, as well as a former business adviser, for misappropriation of his assets in 1989.
In an interview with TMZ earlier this week, Price defended her decision to remove Coleman from life support. "I don't want people to be so hard on me thinking that I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn't have made it anyway. His heart would have just given out," she said. "I mean Gary was gone. His eyes were dilated. He wasn't ... he was just gone."
It remains unclear whether Price and Coleman ever remarried after divorcing in August 2008.