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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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The Beachin' Party

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Taylor Armstrong is nothing but a cold hearted bitch.
She killed him............CAN SHE EVER BE DEAD ENOUGH?
He was 47 and she is two days older than dirt.
Was anything about her real.....cosmetically speaking.
That poor Man.

1167 days ago


Well I guess their ratings will go thro the roof . ah

1167 days ago


I feel so very sad to hear of the tragedy. No one deserves to die no matter what. I liked Russell, a very handsome man on the Housewife's show. He played a different part and was unique addition. Just wished someone saw the onslaught of his depression and seeked helped. Hope this will get the attention of others that may have the same intentions. I am sure Russell has loved ones, family that will be morning his death. It is a shame! Wish everyone well . . . . . .

1167 days ago


So sorry to hear...I pray that his soul is at rest. My heart goes out to his family(sorry).Forgive him so that you may continue on with the blessing God has given

1167 days ago


Taylor went out of her way to shame this man, to say he abused her is likely a lie to make her divorce case strong. This is what happens!

1167 days ago


this show has gone too far. He killed himself when she started airing her dirty laundry for ratings and attention. What a bitch. That poor child.

She left him because the money ran out and she tried to make it look like he was abusive.. how was he supposed to make money with that kind of publicity. I guess she was not bright enough to think about the consequence of airing her laundry in public. She never said he was abusive on the show until she decided to walk out on him. Which we now no is because he had no money.

This is the second death of a boyfriend/husband on this franchise. How many divorces? How many kids in rehab and or thrown out of good schools. How many are facing jail time..all for your 15 minutes of fame. Very sad these woman are willing to throw their family under the bus for the limelight. Bravo shame!shame shame

1167 days ago


Never herd of him or his wife.. sad story but really is this new?

1167 days ago


I don*****ch the show and sorry about the guy but these people put on such a show--in reality some of them have less than the middle class person who doesnt overspend. and that wife--yuck

1167 days ago

Rita C    

Some people can't bear for the lives to b e put on TV for all to weigh in. Crap! Another reason to hate these so-called reality pieces of mental crap. We're definitely a culture in its decline.

1167 days ago


My codolences to Taylor and her daughter, Kennedy.
We do not know what goes on behind closed doors...We should not speculate, or make judgement...This is a very sad time for them both. What ever demonds possesed him to kill himself, may God have mercy on his soul.

1167 days ago


How sad that this man allowed a gold digging b*&^h drain him and affect him so much that he took his own life. She is 100% to blame for this and I pray for him to be at peace and for her to never again know peace.

1167 days ago


My sympathies and good thoughts are with this family.

1167 days ago


Darn shame all these suicides, all these housewife showsso, exploiting, sluts. Can't even watch, fat lips and skirts showing their behinds, at your age you should act more like a lady and mother, kids are acting just like them, wonder why we have the problems today ,kidnapping, rapes, get a real life ,feel sorry for the husband, but that much in debt.

1167 days ago


Someone should look at these "Housewives" shows and sit down with all involved to discuss how they make all involved look. This Andy guy should put the drinks away and make it a real reality show and tell them how unattractive they look always drinking and spending. Put some clothes on these over 50's women. I have never seen so much drinking on air and its repulsive. Andy Cohen cap the bottles.

1167 days ago


The birthday party she threw for their daughter cost $60...,000.00.....Disgraceful!!!!! She bought all the little girls at the party a diamond incrusted barbie necklace. Who does this while you are filing bankruptcy? No surprise that he killed himself!!

1167 days ago
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