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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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31.

jdr    

RIP

1062 days ago
32.

Amanda    

This is what happens when you make a deal with the devil. They got greedy by chasing the dollar and fame. They couldn't be happy with just having a family. They did shady business deals, "get rich quick" crap, craved being in front of the camera, etc. They couldn't just be happy as a family. They couldn't stick by eachothers side and love their family if that meant they had to live in an RV. Was it worth chasing all that nonsense? No it wasn't. Wake the hell up! They brought this on. They invited it and now he's dead. Horrible and it didn't have to happen.

1062 days ago
33.

Bubbles The Chimp    

"...Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars, suicides...

Y'all come back now, Y'Hear?."

1062 days ago
34.

Editor79    

Nikki: Actually, "hanged" is correct. A picture is hung - a person is hanged.

And John: There are only hyphens in ages if the phrase is being used as an adjective. As in "the 47-year-old man." But on its own, there are no hyphens.

Just felt the need to stick up for the writers, who were correct in both cases.

1062 days ago
35.

Atlantaguy    

A "roommate" found him (??). This is a middle-aged very financially successful man, and he was found by a roommate? That alone sounds odd, forgetting the many other questions there are.

1062 days ago
36.

3Storms    

She wanted to publicly destroy him, and she succeeded.


This is why you never ever marry shallow selfish gold-diggers

1062 days ago
37.

vtkallie    

I wonder if Alison the psychic saw this coming? LOL

1062 days ago
38.

JimmyCrapCorn    

these stupid reality shows destroy lives. so does this website.

1062 days ago
39.

patty0896    

It is pretty clear that Russell was having financial problems, that Taylor is a gold-digging fame whore, and that when Russell's financial problems worsened, Taylor -- not wanting to be characterized as a gold-digger for leaving him -- manufactured an abuse history. Taylor took a page out of RH of Orange County's Tamra's playbook in doing so. That got Taylor sympathy and publicity. Meanwhile, Russell was left not only financially struggling -- living with a roommate -- but also as a villain wife-beater. I think that Taylor is a disgusting ugly beast who should crawl into a hole and die. She is anorexic freakish s***. When I watched the show last year, it was clear that Taylor did not have as much money as the other housewives, but she tried to spend like them. Her little outside couch set was purchased to make it appear she had lavish furnishings, but inside her home was stark. She spent something like $60......K on her little daughter's birthday party and bought her toddler daughter diamond jewelry -- something the little girl neither wanted nor appreciated. When Russell gave his little girl an appropriate gift - a puppy - Taylor was pissed. It was not lavish enough, i suppose. As the season progressed, you could see Taylor trying to craft an attention-getting storyline for herself as the beautiful, love-starved wife, but her acting was too awful to be believable. She is responsible for this death. He may not have been the greatest loving husband of all time, but the only thing that changed since the day she married him was his net worth. She is a piece of ****.

1062 days ago
40.

patty0896    

It is pretty clear that Russell was having financial problems, that Taylor is a gold-digging fame whore, and that when Russell's financial problems worsened, Taylor -- not wanting to be characterized as a gold-digger for leaving him -- manufactured an abuse history. Taylor took a page out of RH of Orange County's Tamra's playbook in doing so. That got Taylor sympathy and publicity. Meanwhile, Russell was left not only financially struggling -- living with a roommate -- but also as a villain wife-beater. I think that Taylor is a disgusting ugly beast who should crawl into a hole and die. She is anorexic freakish s***. When I watched the show last year, it was clear that Taylor did not have as much money as the other housewives, but she tried to spend like them. Her little outside couch set was purchased to make it appear she had lavish furnishings, but inside her home was stark. She spent something like $60...K on her little daughter's birthday party and bought her toddler daughter diamond jewelry -- something the little girl neither wanted nor appreciated. When Russell gave his little girl an appropriate gift - a puppy - Taylor was pissed. It was not lavish enough, i suppose. As the season progressed, you could see Taylor trying to craft an attention-getting storyline for herself as the beautiful, love-starved wife, but her acting was too awful to be believable. She is responsible for this death. He may not have been the greatest loving husband of all time, but the only thing that changed since the day she married him was his net worth. She is a piece of ****.

1062 days ago
41.

jjmom22    

She is the most fake person I have ever seen...always flashing those big teeth and fake smile....Even if the abuse was true...did it need to get out in the press....private things should be kept private...

1062 days ago
42.

fred    

don't get hung up on hanging you 3 year--old AR types

1062 days ago
43.

Bubbles The Chimp    

They filed for divorce? Can the wannabe celeb gold digging wife still benefit from his death in $$$ if the divorce was not final?

1062 days ago
44.

Helen    

With all his legal woes, accusations of abuse, and divorce this is not a complete shock. Taylor shouldn't blame herself because he was not a positive person on her life of her daughter's life. Its never a good thing with someone commits suicide, but he made some horrible mistakes and hurt a lot of people. Most of all his daughter for leaving her without a Dad.

1062 days ago
45.

cjs    

Closer all the time America to The Running Man, enough of these stupid "Reality" shows.

1062 days ago
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