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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 ...

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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I am so stunned. And it's disgusting that so many of you feel the need to speculate and lay blame. None of you has any idea what was actually going on, and if you think you do based on what you've read in the media or seen on TV, then you are truly naive. What a tragic story for all involved.

1173 days ago


You can't blame her for HIM committing suicide. It's terrible, but a depressed man needs help and they rarely get it. They can abuse those around them with their words, but they need help. I wish he got it rather than played the victim. No one knows the full truth, I suppose, but healthy people don't commit suicide over a divorce.

1173 days ago


I am equally shocked. I can't help but wonder if Taylor had just told her marital woes to her friends and family, and NOT THE ENTIRE WORLD, if this tragic event could have been avoided. Just sayin......poor, poor little Kennedy.

1173 days ago


Who is the roommate? Rich people don't have roommates.
I think this is a job for the Mystery Machine Gang.

1173 days ago


what a shock and I think about his daughter--what a shame

1173 days ago


He always seemed a little off. I bet he struggled with depression. That is why he was so quiet and stand offish.

1173 days ago


sad ... she wasn't worth it...

1173 days ago


Sorry for the loss. Condolences to the family.

1173 days ago


sad, none of this would have happened had it not been for that tv show. reality tv has broken up marriages and now has taken a life. for some seeing the truth and having others see it is too much to bear. too many people live their lives for the show, for the pomp and cir****tance and when that is gone they have no idea who they actually are. rip, sorry for you, your family, and especially your little girl.

1173 days ago

Jim in Cali    

Now can we blame reality tv for this death and cancel all these worthless reality shows?

1173 days ago


Two neices committed suicide in my family,so it's very personal when I hear these stories,but just goes to show you in my case they weren't famous,they just had family squabbles in a borken family ,one at 16 the other at 19,so even with his fame and $$ still does himself in,

1173 days ago


What a selfish thing to do. His poor child will have to deal with this the rest of her life. Suicide is a very selfish act.

1173 days ago


@patty0896 - WOW, you must be a very unhappy person to go on such a hateful tirade against the wife after hearing the news about her husband. Do you have no soul? And please - acting like YOU KNOW what was going on behind their closed doors?? What a joke! Get a life!!!

PS - puppies ARE inappropriate gifts for children when the mother knows she is the one that has to take care of the dog!!

1173 days ago


Wow - this is very sad. They have a young daughter too. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I feel so sad for anyone that feels they have no other choice.

NIKKI - it is HANGED. Pictures are hung, people are HANGED.

1173 days ago


I am very shocked that this happened. Some of you are blaming reality television, and some are blaming Taylor's allegations of abuse. Russell was an adult who apparently had some serious problems with depression. Whether Taylor's allegations are true, exaggerated, or completely made-up, no one expects this kind of reaction. Also, adults are involved in the CHOICE to be on reality television. Reality television should not be held responsible any more than the people who watch.

1173 days ago
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