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Taylor Armstrong

Daughter Doesn't Know Yet

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

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"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


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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 ...

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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'


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"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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Tara Reid & Hubby

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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


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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:

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We only expect more shocks in the future!



'Dark Knight' Mystery Machine

The BADASS Close-Up Pics

SPOILER ALERT!!!


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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.





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GUESS WHO!


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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


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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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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!


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THE BIKINI SHOWDOWN


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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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76.

andy    

maybe she should have waited a little longer for the divorce. she probably knew and he probably gave her a gigantic clue he would do this if she went on with the divorce. what a ****

1111 days ago
77.

Kendra    

OMG!!! So very sad for them, hope they are coping as best as they can, my heart and prayers go out to the family. So very sad.

1111 days ago
78.

Danielle    

This really breaks my heart!!NOT!! THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE DIEING OF CANCER THAT ARE FIGHTING LIKE HELL TO STAY A LIVE AND HE TAKES HIS OWN LIFE..GUYS FORGIVE ME FOR BEING HARD AND JUST MAD BUT I LOST 5 PEOPLE IN ONE MONTH AND I MISS THEM SO ONE WAS MY MOTHER..SHE PASSED WITH CANCER. AND I ALSO HAVE CANCER AT 43..SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF YOU DONT AGREE I UNDERSTAND..BUT IT HURTS WHEN YOU SEE THE BABYS WITH CANCER FIGHTING FOR THERE LIFE..THIS WAS A SELFISH MOVE ON HIS PART HE LEAVES HIS KIDS THINKING WOUNDERING WHY? PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY DO THIS THERE HURTING THE ONES THAT LOVE THERE BUTTS AGAIN FORGIVE ME IM NOT BASHING IM JUST HURT..

1111 days ago
79.

makeredhappy    

He probably had enough of HER....all that TV garbage and her Botox looks. The poor man...

1111 days ago
80.

ree    

botox, bling, diamonds and it still does not make people happy, ok guys again another example of how we are fooled and want to be like these fake folks and they have issues (most of the time worst)just like everyone else insecure can't get over themselves, as they skin and grin...and these ladies go through all this face lifts, parties, cars and these people are still miserable...

1111 days ago
81.

KING    

WHAT A *****, ANYONE WHO KILLS THEMSELF IS A COMPLETE JACKASS AND ALL SHE WAS, A STEADY PIECE OF ASS, PLENTY OF HOLES TO STICK IT IN NO REASON TO GET UPSET OVER SOME FAKE ASS BITCH.

1111 days ago
82.

ABUSY1    

Must have been the day for this..my brother-in-law did the same thing on the same day. My sister is full of guilt and grief. To leave his children and grandchild without so much as a note apologizing or professing his love shows he knew what he was doing was the cowardly way out and unacceptable. I've told my sister that it wasn't in her control and to stay in an unhappy marriage of any kind for the sake of the other individual is committing emotional suicide. Those who commit suicide have no idea the impact it has on those who chose to deal with lifes difficulties and I pray for everyone left to clean up the pieces of many ****tered lives.

1111 days ago
83.

GB    

Why would anyone send their condolences to Taylor??? This woman just didn't like the man because he didn't fit into that Hollywood mold that she was seeking for herself! That woman is FAKE all the way. Her husband gave and gave but it was never enough!!! Bravo should get rid of TAYLOR!

1111 days ago
84.

GB    

Why would anyone send their condolences to Taylor??? This woman just didn't like the man because he didn't fit into that Hollywood mold that she was seeking for herself! That woman is FAKE all the way. Her husband gave and gave but it was never enough!!! Bravo should get rid of TAYLOR!

1111 days ago
85.

Ann    


I was just looking at the pictures of Russell Armstrong. If you look at his eyes, he is never smiling in them, just his mouth like he has to go through a motion. The only picture I see where his eyes are really smiling is picture 13. That is sad.

1111 days ago
86.

june    

really people debt will put you under and the abuse crap is all here say. As a women I see false statements all the time by other women on domestic violence to get custody. I work in a law firm.

1111 days ago
87.

sarah    

How sad for him, to be under such pressure financially and have a wife spending 50,000 on an obnoxious birthday party.

1111 days ago
88.

Lynne    

Taylor is an I want, I want person. "How about, honey how can I help you fix this. Let's move and down size, let's get out of this town. That poor man and his daughter. Taylor I don't feel sorry for at all! She needs to look long and hard in the mirror. Awful woman, horrible greedy woman.

1111 days ago
89.

Seattlewkr    

So we're going to blame his death on some stupid reality show? Blame it on living on Moholland Drive, that whole mega superficial culture over there combined with his severe depression. "Real Housewives." What a bunch of garbage.

1111 days ago
90.

carol    

What is wrong with her mouth and the sides of her face dragging down by her mouth. This woman can't possibly be that old or ugly. What has she done in the name of beauty?

1111 days ago
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