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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.



Famous Follicles

In a Hair-allel Universe


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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


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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.





Celebrity Scramble

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!


WaveRunnin' with the Stars!

VROOM VROOM!


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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!


One-Piece vs. Two-Piece

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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121.

Linda D    

Who are you to judge anyone??!! You are the coward.

1163 days ago
122.

Aaron    

So!

1163 days ago
123.

xxuxx    

Taylor was nothing more than a gold digger who drove her husband to take his own life. He spent all of his fortune trying to apease her!!!!!!!!

1163 days ago
124.

jimmy noel    

there is new love but advanced one getting renewed!

1162 days ago
125.

Lidia    

Andy Cohen wake up and smell the coffee.
Bravo is doing a good job in let all these people having all these problems.Suicide,Divorces,Tables turned over,Plastic surgery,Drin*****il you drop,Fights,Brawls,Bullies,Cursing,Whining kids and more.
Cancel the shows,all of them,they are bad to your health.Bravo reminds me of the Jersey show....those kids are so promiscous and drunk...thanks to MTV.

1162 days ago
126.

Rebecca    

I truly feel sorry for the children, but to hell with him. Was nothing but a wife beater and if they were having such difficult financial troubles why did Taylor have a 60 something dollar party for a 3 year old? He was obviously a coward in life and obviously in death.

1162 days ago
127.

tara    

taylor, the plastic looking lady, its her fault.

1162 days ago
128.

Big Joe    

Thats what happens when you have a high maintenance wife.

1162 days ago
129.

cynthiaaa    

did he die trying to keep her in big fancy purses and hair????

1162 days ago
130.

marilyn    

Poor guy was tired of trying to keep someone happy with "THINGS".

1162 days ago
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Judy May Balcom    

Taylor's comment about Russell's death I feel is thoughtless toward their Daughter for a life time or more. Putting such thoughts out for all to read & hear. Tackless to say the Least. Sounds like Foul Play to me & Somebody just got all they wanted or so they THINK !! Fore-Shame on YOU !! Aawww You Forgot, GOD KNOWS ALL, YOU DIDN"T GET AWAY WITH A THING !! To Top it All Off promoting Your show with the announcement of Russell's Death. You know Daddy's little Girl is going to see that some day & her children to come. Unless, Mommy Dearest... Well You Know...
FOUL PLAY ALL WILL KNOW SOMEDAY !!

1162 days ago
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PureRadiance    

TMZ, when your on TV, why all the penis vagaina jokes which actually are getting old and oh ya the Fart crap what the hecks all that about . your adults why not act like a littel more professional. and the long haired blonde boy ( looks like sean penn in his first movie ewwww)who cares who you doo or what you oenis is like jeeze. get back to doing the celebrity junk not all these unwitty comments from the crew. those 2 unfunny gents who look like the muppets ugh please shut up. to all you who we are viewing shoot give us a break with you anal talk.

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