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'Real Housewives'

Russell Armstrong

Commits Suicide

8/16/2011 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Russell Armstrong Dead

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.

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1.

Kathy    

Suicides are always sad. RIP

But, it is really the cowardly way to stop the madness.

1102 days ago
2.

Nikki    

So sad.

Btw, TMZ the past tense of "hang" is "hung" not "hanged"

1102 days ago
3.

John    

When typing ages, it's "47-years-old.' Note the hyphens. Come on, TMZ. At least use the AP style guide somewhat, or teach the 20-year-old punk kids you have working there how to properly write a news story.

1102 days ago
4.

Eriden07    

WOW!!!!!

1102 days ago
5.

lauren lipkin     

sad

1102 days ago
6.

Stormy    

My prayers go out to Taylor and the family. May God be with you all!

1102 days ago
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KCGirl    

That is so sad. They have a little girl together. And poor Taylor! I bet she will feel responsible after filing and making the allegations. But with the stories that have developed around him lately... He had to have had some serious demons.

1102 days ago
8.

Justin    

@ Nikki

btw nikki, hanged is used in reference to people. hung is used in reference to objects. in this case, tmz was right. don't you feel stupid for trying to be smart, nikki?

1102 days ago
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Swords Woman    

Nikki, actually "hanged" is correct when referring to a person. "Hung" is used when referring to an object. :-)
And in regards to Russell's suicide...how sad. They have a little girl who will now grow up without a father.

1102 days ago
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JaymayW    

Nikkia you're an idiot. The past tense of hang is hanged if it refers to a person. Its only hung if it refers to an object.

1102 days ago
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Prettybaby    

I feel sad for Taylor, the only likable girl on that show. Well, his last act turned you into a widow instead of a divorcee. Cowards, especially, just love having the last word.

1102 days ago
12.

Hollie    

see what reality does to yah. still sad tho

1102 days ago
13.

nicole    

WOW!!! my jaw dropped when I saw the headline! Not that I know them or anything, but this is a shocker! How sad for the little girl!!! Pls don't tell me the divorce drove him to do such a selfish act!

1102 days ago
14.

WC    

Actually, Nikki, when it's a person it is "hanged", when it's laundry or something, it's "hung". Maybe now we can focus on the horribly sad situation at hand...

1102 days ago
15.

McG    

This is just awful, I don't follow the show, but when anyone feels overwhelmed enough to take this way out, it's incredibly sad for those left in the aftermath.

1102 days ago
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