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Taylor Armstrong

Daughter Doesn't Know Yet

8/16/2011 2:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong hasn't broken the news yet about Russell's suicide to her 5-year-old daughter Kennedy ... TMZ has learned.

Friends close to Taylor tell us, "She's not emotionally ready to do so just yet."

Taylor's attorney, Robert Thorne, tells us, "Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter."

The attorney adds, "Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell's 11- and 13-year-old sons."

Russell Armstrong Death

"Real Housewives"

Russell Armstrong

Commits Suicide


Russell Armstrong
, the estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead of an apparent suicide ... sources tell TMZ.
Our sources say Armstrong hanged himself. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive.

We're told L.A. City Fire Department arrived at his home and pronounced him dead at 8:16 PM Monday. Sources say a roommate found Russell and called 911. 

We're told authorities have not found a suicide note.

Taylor filed for divorce last month, after she claimed Russell physically abused her.  We're told authorities informed her of Russell's death last night.

He was 47 years old.

Story developing ...

8:13 AM: Bravo and the cast of "Real Housewives" were unaware of Russell's death. Kyle Richards was distraught when she saw the TMZ post, and Lisa Vanderpump was speechless.

9:29 AM:  A rep for Bravo tells TMZ, “All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time."

9:35 AM: Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... no drugs or alcohol were found in the bedroom where Russell died.  He was fully clothed when his body was discovered.

Russell Armstrong

Distraught Over Divorce and

'Tremendous Financial Problems'

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Russell Armstrong was at his wits end over his impending divorce from Taylor in the days leading to his death -- and he was inundated with debt.

Russell's lawyer Ronald Richards tells TMZ, Russell had been staying at a friend's house on Mulholland Drive in L.A. -- the same house where authorities found his body hanging last night.

0816-russell-house-water-subRichards tells us, "I feel bad because his credit cards weren't working ... He had tremendous financial problems."

Richards adds, "He was also extremely bummed out about the divorce with Taylor. As far as a will, even if he does have a will, they don't have any assets, so I'm not sure what there would be left to leave. I am extremely saddened ... I had no idea he was depressed."

As we previously reported, Russell -- an investor who made his money in the 90s during the dot com boom -- filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005, claiming he had less than $50,000 in assets ... and debt somewhere between $1 and $10 million.

Russell Armstrong's Lawyer

I Never Saw This Coming

0816_armstrong_lawyer_ex_launchRussell Armstrong's lawyer tells TMZ, he was blindsided by the sudden death of the "Real Housewives" star -- claiming, he spoke to Russell just days before his suicide ... and he seemed ok.

According to Ronald Richards -- Russell was a loving family man ... who spent every dwindling dollar he had to finance his estranged wife's lifestyle.

Ronald also has a theory about the effect of reality shows on marriage ... one that may explain Russell's inner torment -- watch the clip to check it out.

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No one seemed more surprised by the wedding than the bride ... who tweeted, "I love being a wife" -- about 60 minutes after tweeting she just got engaged.

Mazel Tov!

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With Kids and Young Boyfriend

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The Queen of Pop, who is celebrating her 53rd birthday,, was spotted at Heathrow Airport in London earlier today with new 24-year-old dancer boyfriend Brahim Zaibat and her four children: Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy, who are all getting so big!

Madge and her crew were returning from a trip to the Hamptons, where she was seen packing on the PDA with Brahim on the beach.

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We only expect more shocks in the future!

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TMZ obtained the recent pictures of what appear to be Batman's updated Batwing for the new movie -- and if you look closely ... you can even see a Batman dummy through the windshield.

The original Batwing first appeared in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" movie -- starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

Check out the video below to see the new maybe-Batwing in action.

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This celebrity's face has been magically melted -- can you guess who the lucky owner is?

Halle Berry's Birthday

The Beachin' Party

Halle Berry celebrated her 45th in her birthday swimsuit.

The gorgeous actress was seen with daughter Nahla, hot boyfriend Olivier Martinez and a group of friends on the beach in Malibu over the weekend, where she showed off her amazing beach body in a peach bikini.

Berry was definitely having a ball at the bash, taking part in a wheelbarrow race and, at one point, was even seen getting thrown into the water by one of her female friends!

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that litle patch of hair will do strange things to a fella!!

1131 days ago


one less abusor to worry about, he did the world a favor...take note: all abusors hang theyself!!
Hope he left her enough insurance so that she can get her face fixed! a creepy guy, he was, strange!! Saved them money for a nasty divorce...good thing!

1131 days ago


Such sad news! Condolences to Taylor and her family.

1131 days ago


I'd kill myself too if the world knew I'd been with THAT!

1131 days ago


This tragic death doesn't belong in the tabloids ... I find it tasteless and disgracefull ... I am truly sorry for your loss ...

1131 days ago


I feel sorry for Kennedy. From what I saw on the show he was weird and if the allegations his wife claim are true, he had serious issues. As for Taylor, she's probably well taken care of and if not, maybe she'll have to get a job liek the rest of us. Her exorbitant spending ($50,000) for a child's birthday party was disgusting.

1131 days ago


Taylor and Family: My prayers go out to you and your family!

1131 days ago


WOW he finally had enough of her dumb ass. By the way,,,Who really cares???

1131 days ago


Tayler - God this woman is UGLY!

1131 days ago


My condolences to his children. I do not regularly watch the 'Housewives' but happened to see a recent show about their 4 year old daughter's birthday. Considering the amount of money wasted, I'm not surprised at talk of financial problems. Whatever the problems in the marriage, Taylor certainly had a role in this.

1131 days ago


My condolences to Taylor and family..this is horrible.

1131 days ago

karen lyons kalmenson    

a friend of mine took his life two weeks ago yesterday. his despair so overwhelmed him.

and he leaves behind a lot of sorrow and unanswered questions

1131 days ago

Ave Joe    

he was INCREDIBLY SELFISH to do this to your daughter. He was not the only victim here -- she will have to live with this pain for the rest of her life.

Unless you have some UnCureable Killing Disease and can't take the pain and Suffering anymore, have no Family to depend on you, you have a Obiligation to keep going..

As for Finances? All it takes is a Simple Lotto Ticket, Finding another Woman with $, 1 Idea can Get you right back in the Saddle again!
I've been Bankrupted , Twice and made it all the way back on top again..!

He shuold have Moved out of La La Land and Into the MidWest were The Real World is and live the Simple life..

Sounds like he was Spoiled and didn't want to live like the other 90% do in this country..

What a Coward and He just picket the wrong woman to be his wife.. She abandoned him in his time of Need..Like most like her will do..

1131 days ago

Ave Joe    

Russel Owed btwn $1-$10 Million?
Now how can a Guy who's Broke , owe so much $?
He owed it to Bookers? How can any credit worthy person owe so much $?

Had no idea he was Depressed? Oh Please!
And his Wife really supported him in his Time of Need didn't she?

Like all of them, when the $ goes, so do they!
But geech! To go Kill yourself and especially in a Friends Home? I'd have to sell the House, couldn't live with that Nitemare like that happening in my place!

And Nice way to Leave your Kids! Sure going to Screw up their Lives now..Forever! Real Cute!

I can see if you don't have any family, kids, or anyone depending on you.. and your Homeless and a Liability and have no brains to get you out of the mess your in.. and your have some Incureable Disease..

But not so with this Guy.. What a Coward!

1131 days ago


I'd hang myself to if I was married to that botox/plastic surgery disgusting pink thing as well! Just look at again. What a freak!

1131 days ago
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