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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.

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If you ever watched the show, he was so uncomfortable in that environment. So sad. Just sad....

1131 days ago


I wasn't going to post. But I live in AZ and Russell and me hooked up quite a few times and hanged out. He would fly here to hang out and for work, and to get away from Taylor. He was in the closet (bisexual), but he had felt the need to be there for their daughter. His daughter was the world to him though Bravo edited him to be this creepy character when he wasn't at all. BRAVO TV & Taylor's comments of domestic abuse, and also his in-the-closet fears have everything to do with his death.

1131 days ago


Bravo needs to pull the plug on all their reality series, they cause families to fall apart, divorces, friends attacking friends and now this suicide. When is enough to much?

1131 days ago


This gold digger is taking the high road, please give me a break----------------------------------- she should take up with Zsa Zsa dirt bag husband.

1131 days ago


His ex wife Barbara Fredrickson called Taylor "a complete gold digger" and suggested Taylor trumped up phony charges to make headlines; Fields said that Taylor was woefully selfish and never showed any interest in either of Armstrong's sons from prior relationships.


1131 days ago

wasted days and wasted nights    

This is very sad. Time to put these reality shows to bed as there is too thin a line between reality and mockery.

1131 days ago


I must say that after reading most of these comments that a good bit of you are psychotic. The only person to blame for Russell's suicide is Russell it's sad that there are three children are without a father for whatever. I never watched RHWOBH so I only know what the media is saying about Taylor and Russell but to insinuate that Taylor isn't genuinely hurting about the loss of a man that she loved enough to marry and have a child with is classless. Even if she put her life on TV, she and her family should be given privacy.

1131 days ago


the negative and dark side of being in the public eye. it's probably not a healthy way to live at all if you are even slightly mentally unstable or easily emotionally affected. may he rest in peace and may his family find peace and hopefully remove themselves completely from the reality tv life.

1131 days ago


Lord have mercy. Our hearts and prayers go out to Taylor and her daughter, and Russell's son. Suicide is such a cruel thing to do to you family - the devastation left behind is unimaginable. My heart just breaks for his family.

1131 days ago


She is so gross. I'm sure waking up to that ugly face is another reason he was so depressed. ICK!!!!

1131 days ago


do you think she touched his stiff blue pee pee one last time?

1131 days ago


Wow - judging by the majority of the comments on this story, alot of people in this country are sick.

Seriously, a man is dead. Three children have lost their father. No one really knows what happened but most people who commit suicide are depresssed. It has nothing to do with anyone else making them do it.

How would you feel if it was someone in YOUR family??

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

No wonder America is so screwed many mean and judgemental people commenting so horribly on a tragedy is just sick.

1131 days ago


Happy now, b****?

1131 days ago


I am curious if Taylor Armstrong planted that story in the enquiror the other day about how he broke her jaw, and he punched her in the eye, and she almost went blind? Maybe some of this stuff should be kept private when you have children. But Taylor seems really hungry for money. Such a sad way to end this mans life. Not excusing abuse. But, he clearly couldn't take any more pain and wanted it to stop. RIP

1131 days ago


Frequently when she opens her big plastic mouth lately she has been trashing him in the media. He was the Father of her child. But that apparenlty made no difference to her - "Beverly Hills" drama. Plus have they not been both indicted in some scam where they ripped off investors for around $1.2 or $1.5 million? I saw that in the media. Staying at his house for hours after he passed away? I hope his computer was locked. Poor man - let him rest in peace now.

1131 days ago
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