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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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You see the bear trap smile on that woman? Last time I saw a mouth like that it was straining krill in the north Atlantic.

1129 days ago


Isn't Taylor the housewife that spent 60,000 on her daughters 4th birthday party!!!! pathetic

1129 days ago


Now this is "Reality"......some things just are'nt meant to be on TV, like 60K birthday party's while America is in a recession....He was probably bankrupt for all of her plastic surgery and homes, cars, shopping habits...let's agree it is selfish for him to do this to his daughter, but let's not forget that Taylor is the one who aired dirty laundry, private marital and financial problems on that stupid show. I hope every night when she lay's down, she can't sleep at what she has done to her daughter. Shame Shame....I hope they kick her off that dumb show because she "will" bring bad press...when they money was gone, she made her exit. Sad & disgusting

1129 days ago


I am married to an abusive rich wife who became mentaly abusive when she became rich. Now I am in debt and she isnt. What does that tell you!!??

1129 days ago


What a sad situation, Taylor can not be blamed for Russell's death. There is not a person alive ... or one that I know that can read minds. Some men choose not to tell their wife about their financial problems, or that they are even feeling bad ... it is a very sad day for that little girl. My prayers go out to the family in this time of sorrow.

1129 days ago


Regardless of what one make think of this guy---NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE IN THIS MOST HORRIFIC WAY. How heartbreaking for him---his family---his precious little daughter, Kennedy. I pray your torment is over, Russ, and your soul can finally rest in peace. xox

1129 days ago


Regarding Russell Armstrong's suicide. I don't believe it. He may have had some heavy debt but I smell a rat. I believe he was murdered and it was staged to look like a suicide. "Housewives" stars are not hiring hit men for hire to kill their ex husbands.

1129 days ago


Probably happen right after he saw an episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". That would push anyone over the edge.

1129 days ago


Probably happen right after he saw an episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". That would do push me over the edge.

1129 days ago

Laurie Winter    

If they were so broke, why did they have that birthday party for their daughter that cost almost $100K?? I just don't understand these people ... they should've worried more about their private life and finances, than showing off on a TV show. Very sad.

1129 days ago


I think it is sad that some of these comments are jokes about hair, hanging around the bedroom and things as immature and so lacking in compassion. Regardless of whether or not you liked this man, he was still someones's father, son, some point, he felt there was no better solution in the world other than death. And that is worth a joke? Wow...people amaze me. I pray to God that nothing tragic happens in your family.

1129 days ago


I'm horrified at the hateful comments people are posting. What the hell is wrong with you?
A family lost a son/brother/nephew. A little girl lost her daddy. What sad, bitter, nasty human beings you are.

1129 days ago


how can anyone be $1 million and $10 MILLION in debt?

1129 days ago


How sad this child lost her father. What is even more sad are some of the postings here. People need to realize he had to have been so deeply depressed, he saw no way out of the deep hole. Severely depressed people are unable to think rationally, so instead of damning him, try showing a little compassion for someone who was not as strong mentally as you are. You are the people I pity!

1129 days ago


wow - even though he was a type of control freak - I still get sad when I hear that people chose to end their life, versus working thru whatever problems he had...... Crap, filing bankruptsy would have helped his financial woes...........and I am sure he would have found another to love and/or control...........

1129 days ago
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