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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.

Famous Follicles

In a Hair-allel Universe


Celebs change up their hair almost every day -- but this time, we're doing it for them!

Jennifer Lopez, Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, even Pauly D and more, see what they'd look like if they picked up some hair-dye -- and let us know which hair color you like best.

Tara Reid & Hubby

"Surprise! We're Married" Pics

Wanna see what a one-hour engagement looks like? Check out Tara Reid's wedding photos -- snapped as she tied the knot ... right after she got engaged to boyfriend Zack Kehayov.

Tara and Kehayov tied the knot Saturday on the Greek isle of Santorini. We're told the wedding took place on the roof of the luxury Mystique Resort, overlooking the ocean.

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!

Madonna Spotted on Birthday

With Kids and Young Boyfriend

Madonna gets another year older today -- but her boyfriends just keep getting younger!

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.

Check out how she's changed through the years below:


We only expect more shocks in the future!

'Dark Knight' Mystery Machine

The BADASS Close-Up Pics



It's the big secret on the "Dark Knight Rises" set -- a giant armored jet thing spotted careening around the streets of Pittsburgh -- but so far, no one's seen it up close in nerdgasmic detail ... UNTIL NOW.

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.

Celebrity Scramble


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!

WaveRunnin' with the Stars!


Nothing says summer like a 200+ horsepower engine thrusting you through the the fresh ocean air -- check out which stars have takin' to the high seas on their own personal watercraft!

One-Piece vs. Two-Piece


Some of Hollywood's hottest bodies always make it to the beach in a one-piece, while others like to let it all hang out and go two-pieces.

Vote on your favorite bathing beauty to find out if less really is more.


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1143 days ago

Gustav LaFong    

His first mistake was that he had a toxic partner -- one of those self-centered women who, when problems came, focused on herself. Secondly, MONEY is currently an issue to all of us and his second mistake was to get poor. He could not live the exciting, dramatic life of a successful investor. He was, in fact, deep in debt with no way of getting out, save bankruptcy. He could not face bankruptcy, or the fact that he was a financial failure.

1143 days ago


If I were married to that skag, I'd commit suiside too...........

1143 days ago


I would have killed myself being married to her. Is there anything real on her ?

1143 days ago


one less abuser to worry over, hopefully, since the divorce is not final, he's left her enough money to fix her face. He did the world a favor, no tears need to flow. He was a strange bird, a little "diffrent"/. as she screamd at the Kramers dinnertabe ENOUGH! ENOUGH!! she got her wish.......

1143 days ago


Ah...reality TV...lights camara action.

1143 days ago


Looks like if the money runs out, so do these type of wives. This is what a trophy wife gets you.

1143 days ago


Suicide is the wimps way out! " I don't have anything to live for anymore!" Really? What about family? Friends? Colleagues? There are so many agencies that can help if you don't have family or friends to talk to.

1143 days ago


My heart goes out to his family, especially his daughter. My prayers are with you

1143 days ago


lol..he realized he was gay......and couldn't take the horror...that is the stepping stone for all gay people to do the same....

1143 days ago

Willie Holder    

Seems most of the wealth that is portrayed on this show is simply smoke and mirrors. It's not hard to figure out who has real money and who is a pretender. Out of all the shows stars maybe 3 of the familes have real money.

1143 days ago


RE: andy: about an hour ago

I hope she's happy now she can go **** anyone she wants

Apparently, you never watched the show. I'm sure they never showed EVERYTHING that went on between Taylor and her hubby, but anytime they did show them together he was a complete *******. So, the divorce was brewing well before any of this was known about Russell. No woman that has children by a man would want to see this type of thing happen no matter how she feels about the man (especially when there are children involved). Even on the show, she did really try to work things out with him but he was not receptive. Sometimes people forget... just because the people sign a contract to air their lives on TV; they are still real people with families and real issues.

1143 days ago


You know that housewife drove him to suicide. Those women are all soulless, gold digging leeches.

1143 days ago


it was prob that bitch of his x that did that to him.Her Childs first birthday and she spent over 30,000 beacause she wanted a alice in wonderland party, come on the kid looked bored out of her mind,what are you going to do when the kid is so sorry to hear that this man passed like that but im sure between him and her its like they say its her story his story and then the truth.

1143 days ago


I guess he could not deal with the fact of what a horse-faced shrew he had married

1143 days ago
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