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Russell Armstrong's Lawyer

I Never Saw This Coming

8/16/2011 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0816_armstrong_lawyer_ex_launchRussell Armstrong's lawyer tells TMZ, he was blindsided by the sudden death of the "Real Housewives" star -- claiming, he spoke to Russell just days before his suicide ... and he seemed ok.

According to Ronald Richards -- Russell was a loving family man ... who spent every dwindling dollar he had to finance his estranged wife's lifestyle.

Ronald also has a theory about the effect of reality shows on marriage ... one that may explain Russell's inner torment -- watch the clip to check it out.

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Delaware D    

Will the TMZ Tour Bus drive past the house that he hanged himself in?

975 days ago
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ELI    

Another one who took the coward's way out!

975 days ago
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Delaware D    

Russell Armstrong just tweeted.....nothing.

975 days ago
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jeff    

Damn, Taylor's getting torn to shreds!

975 days ago
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SinJin    

Geez, your client and friend just committed suicide and you give an interview with a big grin on your face? The devastation is remarkable! And to think, if you had known he was considering suicide, you would have done "work for free"? Are you kidding me? You sir, are a chump and deserve to be run over by a city bus...

975 days ago
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Warmblonde    

Time for Taylor to pack it up and move back to Oklahoma.

No money, no credit cards = no resources to live the BH lifestyle.

Reality is calling, Taylor, and it calls for *you*.

975 days ago
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joesoverign    

it's obvious that everyone out there is trying to keep up with the joneses. and it looks like this money grubbin hoe drove him over the edge with her high maintanance lifestyle. this story says it all. he spent his last dollar's trying to make this b*tch happy! obviously, to no avail. he could of done better than her anyways. she was homely and her fake lip's are rediculous! well she can live with the guilt now that she destroyed her family! that's torment enough for this ungrateful hoe!

975 days ago
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Tinalouise    

Yep, he tried to keep the hag happy even allowing her to give her daughter a ridiculous, lash birthday party that ended up being basically all about Taylor and NOT the little girl. He tried to give her a little puppy but Taylor hated the idea and made up some excuse that she was allergic and got rid of it..too much work for her i guess. I hope she is happy for publicly humiliating and trashing the father of her child..nice going girl..but you still took his money didn't you?

975 days ago
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Warmblonde    

That puppy Russell gave his daughter is a breed that is for the allergic and those sensitive to fur. That breed has hair, not fur and Russell obviously chose the puppy with his daughter in mind.

975 days ago
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silverchixx    

As I watched his "attorney", he should have said how sorry he was to have heard the shocking news, and other than that--no comment! I thought real attorneys weren't suppose to speak about their clients business, whatsoever.....he, obviously, is one of those attorneys who give the profession a bad name. He is the one who needs to go to counseling!

975 days ago
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Kookamonga    

I am really saddened to hear this. I wish he would have gotten help when he needed it a long time ago.

That said, I cringe whenever I read a reality "star's" quote about "needing privacy in this difficult time." Listen up, you SIGNED UP to not have any privacy, you allowed cameras to follow you everywhere and record everything. You cannot have it both ways. Think twice before you want to become a "reality celebrity." Which is, in my opinion, an oxymoron.

975 days ago
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gutsygirl    

There's a little girl involved in all of this. Stop publishing such garbage.

975 days ago
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Michelle    

Really, if he knew he was in that state of mind the only thing he would have done was to "not charge him for legal services" ???? How about get him help? This lawyer is so out of reality himself...

975 days ago
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B    

If she was only in it for the money don't you think she would have left him in 2005 when he filed bankruptcy. Shame on all of you for condemning her as a golddigger. I can only imagine the torment she is going through right now. No matter what happened between the two of them he was still the father of her little girl.

975 days ago
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NocturnalDirtPeople    

I feel bad for this guy the old sea hag took him for all he was worth and it was just to much to bare. The thought of working a lifetime and then losing your money sounds horrible. I do not understand how you could leave three kids behind in the process though.

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