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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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106.

writenow    

Suicide is such a hostile, hopeless act.

1163 days ago
107.

get real    

Taylor, What did You Do to This Poor Man?

1163 days ago
108.

Jen    

so sad. i thought that little was going to be f-up...now...i cannot imagine.

1163 days ago
109.

Nicole    

I'd really like to see Taylor step away from RH at this point to focus on herself and her daughter. Sadly, I have a feeling that this sad incident will be exploited for her gain.

1163 days ago
110.

Selebraties Suck    

Everyone is saying it's selfish. I think it's more desperate. How sad.

I had an elderly relative hang himself. He lost his vision and became home bound. He went into his garage and hung himself. I don't think he was being selfish.

1163 days ago
111.

Sue Keating    

Very sad when a person is so desperate they pick a permanent solution to a temporary problem......R.I.P., Russell

1163 days ago
112.

Nychick    

AAAww another rich guy killed himself, it must be such a hard life, having everything in the world money can buy. Maybe its karma.....but really, do u care??? lol

1163 days ago
113.

Linda    

Oh gosh this is like reliving a nightmare for me to read this as a relative by marriage who was only 19 did the same thing half a year ago. It left everyone who loved and cared and knew him so hurt and devestated.....people never think about those left behind when they commit suicide. They only think about themselves at the moment they decide to take their lives. It is sad to read this. So sorry he decided to do such a thing not only to himself but to his friends, family, and loves one as well coz trust me...suicide is a haunting death for people to try to understand or deal with.

1163 days ago
114.

BSmith    

I watch the show and feel that Russell was portrayed in a bad light, just because he was quiet, reserved and didn't like parties...how dare he!...His former wife, Taylor, however ,appeared to be spoiled, insecure and a trouble-maker with Kim and the rest of the ladies. My feeling is Taylor(Quackers)exaggerated her former husband as an abuser because she wants EVERYTHING everyone else has!

1163 days ago
115.

rosa    

these shows are freaken poison. Countless divorces, physical altercations, now 1 death under their belt. I stopped watching a while back. While I'm not saying the show is what drove him to this I am saying we had no idea who he was and until we did we could give a hoot about him, his financial dealings and his alleged physical abuse towards his wife. Once he came into the spot light and we knew of him, became relevent to a degree to where everything they do is in the spot light. The true victims in ALL these shows are the little kids who didn't ask to have their mommies be A REAL HOUSEWIFE.

1163 days ago
116.

TheUltraworld    

Thankfully he only took himself out. He was indeed a danger to his family.

1163 days ago
117.

aquanet    

She hit the JACKPOT! But I'm guessing he's broke.

What a ****ty thing to do to his daughter

1163 days ago
118.

Dan    

REALLY............. People here are surprised....?
WHO, would want to live with a plastic surgery disaster like that anyway? I'm sure that he was driven to it.
Bet money that we'll hear accounts of infidelity, financial troubles, et all here in a while...

Oooo.... shocker............. ha

1163 days ago
119.

bitchy    

It ain't sad!! Russell was a total Douchebag who treated Taylor like a slave! His kid is better off not being raised by a egotistical, misogynistic pig like him!! RIP DOUCHE!!!

1163 days ago
120.

Rogue Warrior    

Seriously folks, Taylor is gonna get threw this just fine. She'll get all his money which is what she wanted. It won't be long before she has a bf.

1163 days ago
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