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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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Jim Copeland    

I don't blame him! If I were married to her I would have taken the Leap long ago.

1163 days ago


WOW, Thats sad & cowardly of him. I feel for his daughter. If I were famous like he was I sure would have picked a better looking woman to be married to. She looks like a drunk that has not eaten in months..

1163 days ago


This is sad but even more so because there are so many reasons as to why I feel this man committed suicide and how he could have been saved! First off, trying to keep up with a lifestyle you cannot afford....Very lame and so uncool....Our country and it's population have a bad habit of living way above our means. Russell, while on Housewives did act in a way that can have one assuming he had a dark side and was a bit jealous and controlling. Taylor complained about it a couple of times during the show regarding his controlling ways. When people decide to end their lives because they feel there is no other way, they obviously have lost all hope and control, it is sad in one vein that they don't feel worthy enough to live but ultimately their choice and a selfish one furthermore if they have children. With all of his "money" he should have invested in a therapist. At the end of the day I believe Russell committed suicide to hurt his soon to be ex wife and so that in the end his insurance policy doesn't grant her any insurance or monetary value whatsoever! Taylor needs to not take this personal. If it wasn't you honey! it may just have been some other woman. Mourn for the loss and cherish the good you remember in him and keep looking forward girl! Blessings!

1163 days ago


This poor guy was subjected to every kind of ridicule on that show, not one of the "sorrowful" people involved in it were moved to say anything supportive about him when filming was going on. And now I suppose we will be subjected to watching the grieving widow who no doubt is even at this moment picking out her designer widow's weeds. With appropriate attire by the supporting cast.

1163 days ago


Egads! If I was a man and married to that plastic,fake looking she/man taylor,I'd kill myself too!

1163 days ago

Jay Michael    

I'd hang myself too if I was hooked-up with her....bow wow!

1163 days ago


ok 1st Russell its only money, and u didnt have to live in hollywood, leave the high dollar woman and you could have come south for some southern luvin, and Halley you go woman you are fabolous, i saw a pudden face. i cant beleive all the damn deaths this week and its only tues

1163 days ago

todd hilley    

Taylor was such a follower , she only found out she didn't like her husband when that nasty, jealous Kyle told her.

1163 days ago


How sad. Clearly Russell was not willing to do the personal work to overcome his financial and relationship troubles. Taylor did not deserve to be abused by him. It is amazing how many people comment that Taylor was making up the abuse. Just because their family had money (for a while) that somehow justifies him hitting her and hardly ever parenting their daughter? Taylor grew up around abuse and clearly she picked what was familiar. Please read the book "Not to People Like Us": Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages by Susan Weitzman. Taylor I wish you well. Learn your lesson and pick people to be around you that really do value and honor you. You have a beautiful soul.

1163 days ago


The one that should kill herself is Tammy, what a bitc. Makes her husband buy her a $40,000 Rolex 4 months before filing BK, then she files divorce. Then moves to a condo with white tile countertop, one step below formica in fashion design, then finds a dumb fool 10 years younger to finance her bitchy lifestyle, what an idiot!

Taylor killed him ! Russell, live in peace man, Taylor's reputation is ruined for life !

1163 days ago


Another success story. Blows all his money on his family, hits hard times, wife files for divorce. Unfortunately, he made the wrong choice in his depressive state. I wonder where Taylor will get the money for her botox now. I guess onto the next sucker. May he now rest in peace.

1163 days ago

Tim C    

My wife loves these "Housewives" shows and they turn my stomach. A few months ago I was reading while my wife was watching the episode where Taylor threw a birthday party for her and Russell's daughter. She spent...get this...$100,000. I put my paper down and couldn't believe what I was seeing. The kid turned 3 or 4 or whatever. WTF. A hundred grand. These shows are as pathetic as they get. These people are so in toi themselves that they have no idea what life is about and how to find happiness. The more they strive to take and get and self absorb, the worse it gets for them. So sad. In the end, they are simply human and lost people. In the few times I have briefly watched these shows, not once have I seen any of them give of themselves to anyone. No peace, no happiness, never enough. They wonder why they are unhappy and unfulfilled even to the point of suicide. May God have mercy on the man's soul.

1163 days ago

Tim C    


1163 days ago


Of course she filed last month. The money is all gone. Needs her Beverly Hills life style.

1163 days ago


He was utterly horrified by her plastic lips..he won't have to pay for that anymore.

1163 days ago
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