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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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an honest liberal    

She was just panicked because her walking ATM machine was missing.

1134 days ago


After reading all the facts about Taylor/Shana's past, I strongly feel she paid someone to kill him and make it look like suicide, in order to obtain insurance money AND publicity as the "saint" - and to keep playing the "devoted mother" card, as well. It is all so transparent to me...start investigating TMZ - and so should the LAPD.

1134 days ago


It's all Bravo's fault...especially Andy Cohen he dreamed up RHO series..bad idea that turned into a train wreck. RIP Russell.

1134 days ago


What is wrong with that woman. Taylor had to have known that they were in debt and she still planned that million dollar birthday party for her little 4 or 5 year old daughter Kennedy, whom I might add didn't give a shi$ about the party.

1134 days ago


It actually is a nice pic...
This is how she looks...
Plastic surgery gone wrong...
She was better looking before the surgery...
These LA girls need to stop ...
They don't seem to realize How it really looks...

1134 days ago


Do they have enough money for the funera...or did Taylor spend that, too?

1134 days ago


Suicide (or homicide) likely would have entered my mind, were I unfortunate enough to be married to this narcissistic woman. If this is what wealth brings, I will be happy to remain middle class and unsopisticted.

1134 days ago


What you mean to say is that they had been regularly discussing the divorce and his lack of money to pay her to go away and how she was going to make him pay by continuing to fabricate and leak information about his physical, verbal and sexual abuse. When he did not arrive as scheduled she became incensed and began furiously calling and texting Russell, then going through their mutual rolodex to find out what his excuse for blowing her off was.

She finally got so angry she went to the house where he was staying to confront him. They found him dead and she felt like a gold digging whore and began to sob uncontrollably, knowing that she would never see a dime from him now and she has no redeeming qualities to earn an income.

Tonight, she quietly slipped in the private entrance at the Beverly Wilshire and had drinks with a rich, male divorcee whom she has known for some time to tell her heart wrenching story before allowing him to hold her in his arms to comfort her.

That sounds much more accurate.

1134 days ago


Reality TV just got too real.

1134 days ago


I think he had way too much pressure on him. Pressure to appear on a show his wife wanted to be on, not him, then she did nothing but complain about him on TV, that had to be hard on him since he was so private and quiet by nature. Then of course there were the financial pressures of trying to keep up with the earnings of the other husbands on the show and his wife's spending habits. When I heard his fraud charges were about money being diverted to decorate their home, I had to wonder who's idea that was too? I feel sad for their daughter.

1134 days ago

jake sutherland    

Does anybody in show-business even have normal lips anymore? At all? People in the future will point at this decade and laugh themselves silly.

1134 days ago

Real HoodWife    

I watched that show. I can tell those who judge that it wasn't entertaining or interesting to watch those 2 on TV. It was horrible. The guy treated his wife horribly-not that made him deserving of suicide; and she seemed fake. In the end, I think the worst parent is the one who chooses to exit the world, knowing he's leaving his children fatherless. Russell wanted to spite Taylor so he killed himself. This couple would've been filing for divorce even if they were not on this show. We can't blame reality shows for people's downfall.

1134 days ago


YOU EVIL FAT BROADS! Taylor was never given the love that she deserved from Russell. She is a beautiful woman and how dare you to speak in such ways. Pray for Russells soul and the family to eventually get through this horrible time.

1134 days ago

Jeff Becker    

Greedy women causing their husbands to kill themselves. When is enough enough?

1134 days ago

Mallory L Meyer    

My Heart Goes out to the Family and Friends most touch by this situation. I do believe that God is in control.Please keep in Mind "Bad Times never last forever"..God Bless

1134 days ago
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