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Taylor Armstrong

Battling In-Laws Over

Russell's FINAL Resting Place

8/18/2011 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-taylor-russell-armstrong2-EXRussell Armstrong's parents and his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong, are thousands of miles apart in a heated battle over where Russell's remains will end up.

Multiple sources close to Taylor tell us the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star is not only planning a memorial for Russell -- she also wants him to be buried at a Los Angeles area cemetery.

But Russell's attorney Ron Richards says his former client's parents want their son's body returned to Texas -- where they live -- for cremation.

As TMZ first reported, Taylor and Russell had been back in touch recently -- despite the fact she filed for divorce last month.

Richards says he believes Russell's final wishes were to be cremated. If true, Taylor might have a tough time winning this battle.


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Let's stick with the facts. At the time of his death he was still legally married to Taylor, THEREFORE, she has the legal rights to his body. Lastly, had they have been divorced HIS KIDS would have the legal rights to his body NOT his parents. In my opinion, the body of a parent should be located somewhere (whether cremated or buried) where that persons children can visit them. If he has three kids that live in the LA area (I don't know where two of his three kids live) then he should remain in the LA area so his children have the opportunity to visit their dad.

1170 days ago


civility says that she should defer to his parents
because had he have lived long enough for the divorce to go through it would have been their call
you decided you didn't want him in life so why insist on having him in death
makes no sense

1170 days ago


@ Sloane, you are incorrect. My mother passed away 2 1/2 years ago and she was not married so her 4 children, myself included, had to decide on her funeral arraignments. Also, once one child contests a cremation the deceased person must be buried unless you go through legal route and fight for what you want. Bottom line is, his parents have no legal right to his body whether they are divorced or not. I believe they can act on behalf of his children but since he has three by three different women that's going to be a difficult accomplishment.

1170 days ago


If they were still legally married, the decision should be solely hers. Just like with the Teri Shivo mess a while back. That was his wife and his decision to make. I don't care how they were getting along or if they were living together. If two people are married, the spouse has the legal say. Where do these parents get off? Period. End of story.

1170 days ago


That woman is a true witch! Let him go Taylor, you didn't want him anyway

1170 days ago


How much has Taylor already sold the rights for of the 'grieving widow' stylishly draped in black, long flowing blond hair, HUGE sunglasses, with the other HWs surrounding her? Any guesses? Now, that can't happen if Russell is returned to those who honestly love and will miss him.

1170 days ago


That can't be a woman.....she looks too much like a drag queen.

1170 days ago


first off just because you starve yourself and dye your hair doesn't make you good looking at all...

jesus eat something more than a piece of bread..

You filed papers to be gone and the only thing you wanted from him was his money. Just walk away and let him rest in piece he clearly killed himself over the **** you caused.

1170 days ago


But the conveniently-located headstone would make such a great prop for Taylor's resuming role in the remake of this season's RHOBH.

1170 days ago

Shirley Digiorgio    

Parents wishes should reign as their loss is the greatest.

1170 days ago


Taylor, you should be ashamed of yourself. Go hang your head, but wait, then people couldn't admire you, could they?!
You need to give your estranged husbands' body to his family, those that loved him, regardless.

1170 days ago


Of course the FAMEHO wants a memorial, so she can play the sympathetic widow and use it for publicity.

I hope any judge gives his remains to his parents. RIP Russell, she wasn't worth it dude!

1170 days ago


She is a gold digger, this skank wanted a meal ticket from this guy and now she what a LET'S DO A SPECIAL ON BRAVO..
I am grieving and how much money do I get. And no child support, how much life insurance. She is disgusting

1170 days ago


Jeez, this goldigging porn star skank just can't leave him alone can she? Even in death! Trying to promote his funeral service for your white trash reality show is lower than even I ever thought she'd go. What is left for the Housewives to stoop down to now? Sell his body bone by bone on eBay maybe?

1170 days ago


Whatever he stated in his will is what should be abided by. Technically, his parents have no say anyhow. Taylor is STILL married to him even though she had filed for divorce. They weren't divorced yet. I feel for his children. He had no money left and now everyone in the family has something to say because they think they can cash in. He had no money people. He was broke beyond belief. My question is who is now responsible for paying off his debt? Taylor or will his family do it since they are now coming foward?

1170 days ago
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