Russell Armstrong's Family Holding Private Memorial In Texas -- Taylor Not Invited

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Aug. 26 2011, Published 1:45 p.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Reporter

Russell Armstrong's family didn't attend the memorial his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong, had for him on in Los Angeles on Wednesday because they'd been planning one on their own in Texas all along, has exclusively learned.

According to a very close family member, who wishes to remain anonymous to avoid further drama, a couple of family members were sent to L.A. to pick-up Russell's ashes so they can have their own memorial on Saturday.

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"The family will be holding a very private memorial for Russell on Saturday and it's been made clear that Taylor is not to be invited," the family member told

"Most of the family was never very fond of Taylor and we'd just prefer to have a non-dramatic memorial where we can honor and love Russell as we knew him."

As first reported, Russell's family was not present during Wednesday's memorial at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills, though most of his Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars were.

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"Let's face it, there is no love lost between Taylor and Russell's family. Russell's family wanted no part of the memorial, they felt it was all for Taylor," a source close to the situation told

"Taylor was relieved that they didn't attend. She wanted to be surrounded by her friends and just say good-bye to Russell."

Russell, 47, was found hanged on August 15 in the bedroom of a friend's Mulholland Drive home where he was staying.



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