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Taylor Armstrong

Eyewitness When Husband's

Body Was Discovered

8/17/2011 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Armstrong
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong was at her estranged husband's house when his body was discovered, TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Taylor tell us, she and Russell had been regularly communicating and were supposed to meet on Monday afternoon, but he was a no-show.  She became worried and began calling his friends, but none of them had heard from him. 

Taylor became increasingly alarmed and began frantically texting and phoning Russell, to no avail.

On Monday evening, Taylor and a friend went to the home where Russell was staying.  They found the owner of the home on the property.  While Taylor watched, the owner peered through Russell's bedroom window and saw his lifeless body hanging.

As TMZ first reported, the owner called 911 and Russell was declared dead at 8:16 PM.  Taylor believes Russell had been dead for hours.

We're told Taylor stayed at the house for hours after the body was found.

Russell Armstrong Death

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31.

Kathy    

I saw clips of this Housewives show on Entertainment Tonight with this woman and her husband. These reality shows let the participants humiliate each other on TV. These people are stupid to try to survive these shows. And all those around him said they didn't see it coming? I don't believe it.

1108 days ago
32.

Kookamonga    

Taylor, girl, I love ya, and I really am so heartbroken for you. I wrote earlier about the cons of signing up for being in a reality show. And now your personal tragedy has the same limelight.

Try to forget that damn limelight - concentrate on those who love you and will help you and your daughter HEAL. If I could, I would; I'd give you both the world. Wishing you love...you are both SO in my prayers.

1108 days ago
33.

JR    

Guess you shouldnt have told him you wanted him to just "hang around"!

1108 days ago
34.

Cujeaux    

Taylor probably saw to it that there was a hefty life insurance policy, just like that horse faced Gretchen from the Orange County series had when her old geezer boyfriend kicked. She got 3 million out of the deal. Cheating on him the whole time before he died too.

I don't think she cared about him, but she needed a spouse to be on the show. He was like a mannequin on the show and always looked uneasy. He appeared shy so it was surprising to hear he was a batterer. It seems like his self worth was measured by his income and he picked the wrong woman if that's the case. She could have ran their finances into the ground with that stupid birthday party alone. They don't get squat for being on that show.

1108 days ago
35.

lisa2    

Taylor's PR people are milking this absolute tragedy.

"No comment" is all we need to hear! There are children of the age where they can surf the internet involved.

1108 days ago
36.

pauline    

smh

1108 days ago
37.

32_Bit_Hustler    

i bet thinks this is gonna help her career...

1108 days ago
38.

C    

Horrible.

1108 days ago
39.

bunny    

The owner just happened to be there but hadn't discovered the body until Taylor was there? TMZ needs to investigate. ;c)

1108 days ago
40.

GalacticCannibal    

Talyor Armstrong sounds like a total wimp.

1108 days ago
41.

Sociopaths are Sad    

You see, this is what happens when fake, pretentious people have relationships. They are all about their image: the rich i-banker marries the blonde bombshell....except he is not really rich and she is not really blonde or a bombshell. He's pretty much bankrupt and her bleach-blonde plastic surgery ways and overspending are a real headache for him.

Did they ever even love each other at all? Was she ever even attractive to begin with?

All this phony image...trying to one-up everyone else....trying to be better than others. It's all so destructive. I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THEM.

There was always only one end.

Shout out to JL and his wife AL (nee AK) from Toronto. You know y'all are next. Fake a$$ fake shysters cheating everyone around you so you can live large. It will backfire for your just as it did for these fakes.

1108 days ago
42.

Pompano Ann    

This story gets worse; knowing she found him; how terrible. Again wishing her and his family and kids the best. What lessons are learned from this; maybe not everything needs to be on a reality show!

1108 days ago
43.

tom    

SHe should feel awful it is her selfish acts that caused this. She is a fake the kids are in trouble and she will be working in a tug and rub in no time. This should put an end to Housewives all together.

1108 days ago
44.

AuntKelly    

This is a soul who had been tourtured. Please everyone in judgement let him rest in peace. To the children, know your father loved and only wanted the best for you. Times are not always easy just find a way to rise above the judgement.

1108 days ago
45.

x    

Taylor,
Don't worry....I'm here for you...

1108 days ago
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