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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Feud After Death of Real Houeswives’ Husband

Real-housewives-beverly-hills_3201Russell Armstrong, the 47-year old husband of Taylor Armstrong (a Real Housewife of the show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), committed suicide on August 15. Taylor had filed for divorce prior to Russell’s death.

Russell’s attorney made a public statement following Russell’s death claiming that Taylor would not discuss the funeral arrangements with Russell’s parents or sister. Because the divorce had not been finalized prior to Russell’s death, Russell died legally still married to Taylor, making Taylor his next of kin.

It appears that everything has been worked out, and the two sides agreed to cremate Russell’s body. Russell’s family kept some of the remains and held a service in Texas, and Taylor kept some of the remains and held another service in Los Angeles.

See Danielle and Andy Mayoras, Death of Real Housewives' Russell Armstrong Sparks Family Fight, Forbes, Aug. 22, 2011

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this to my attention.


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