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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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529 COMMENTS

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91.

A    

Sadly, his death will make this coming season of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' even more compelling to watch.

I send deep cnndolences to Taylor and their daughter, Kennedy.

1061 days ago
92.

Kate    

I just feel sorry for their little girl...

1061 days ago
93.

Julie    

So sad. RIP Russell. Guess Taylor is happy. She gets it all including a new story line for her show.

1061 days ago
94.

linda44544    

if u saw the season of the HWOBH u can almost see that something was going on with them two. and that something was not good.

1061 days ago
95.

Margaret    

If he commited suicide I bet there is NO $$$ for Taylor.

1061 days ago
96.

Tiffany    

What kind of rope? Really? You are an a--hole.

1061 days ago
97.

jj    

pray for taylor,their daughter,and his other family members. i always thought something was 'off' about him but never thought it would come to this.

1061 days ago
98.

OKS    

Could his wife's ugly mouth have anything to do with it??????

1061 days ago
99.

Summerwind    

Watching the show last year, Taylor was such a lying freak she probably drove him to it, she is a nut, i hope she is happy now!

1061 days ago
100.

JW    

I'm sorry but sometime you have to call a COWARD exactly that. He filed for CH 7 bankruptcy protection last year before RHBV began, months ago both he and his wife were served with papers claiming the defrauded investors of millions. Both he and the wife (or ex-wife however you call it) are looking at serious jail. COWARD. Let's see if Bravo shows this. The rating will be tremendous.

1061 days ago
101.

judy    

it was all about the money , russell R I P taylor now you won shut your pie hole up

1061 days ago
102.

paigehop    

While suicide is not right and is sad, people who bash those who commit it are ignorant and cold-hearted. One who commits suicide is truly mentally unstable and for the most part, not in control of their actions. Some of you people need to put yourself in the shoes of other, for a change!

1061 days ago
103.

Marquis De Suave    

He seemed like such a happy guy.

1061 days ago
104.

Lauren    

wow, a very selfish act. his poor daughter!

1061 days ago
105.

LA4life    

So sad to hear. TMZ I hope you give Taylor time to grieve and plan accordingly. She needs the time and respect, even if she did file for divorce she was still married and they had a long history. Physical and mental abuse is hard enough, plus add divorce and now the worst possible scenario of suicide. She has a lot to process for herself and daughter.

1061 days ago
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