Fight Continues Over Sherman Hemsley's Body

Fate of actor Hemsley's body may soon be decided

Saturday, Sep 22, 2012  |  Updated 3:44 PM CDT
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Fight Continues Over Sherman Hemsley's Body

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Sherman Hemsley died July 24 of lung cancer in El Paso. As of September 22, his body remains in a funeral home. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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A two-month dispute over the embalmed body of "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley could be decided next week and finally release the actor's refrigerated remains. 

Hemsley died July 24 of lung cancer. His body has remained in an El Paso funeral home because of challenges to the validity of his will. 
   

Hemsley, who famously played television's George Jefferson, named his "beloved partner" Flora Enchinton as the sole beneficiary of his estate. The will is being contested by Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, who claims to be Hemsley's brother and says the will might not have been made by the actor. 
   

The El Paso Times reports that the dispute is to go before a probate judge Monday. Court documents estimate Hemsley's estate to be worth more than $50,000.
 

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