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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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They need to put an end to these reality shows. Why do people even watch these people who are nothing but fame-whores who have absolutely nothing to offer society? This woman will have her husband's blood on her hands for the rest of her life and she deserves no sympathy. I am so sorry for their daughter who is an innocent in this. The only way to get rid of these shows is NOT TO WATCH THEM!!

1161 days ago

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong had secrets about his sexual preference that were about to be revealed, and has exclusively learned that some were already discovered by his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong.

According to sources close to the 47-year-old, he was bisexual and worried that a tell-all book was going to out him, along with Taylor.

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"About six months ago Taylor confided in a close friend that she'd found history for a gay website called on Russell's laptop," the insider told

"He was also spending a lot of time at the gym, but his body wasn't changing, which she claims led her to believe he was meeting with men he'd met off the website and not spending time working out as he claimed."

The insider also tells that when Russell was approached for comment about the impending tell-all book, it included great detail about what he liked in the bedroom.

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"Not only was it going to come out that Russell was bisexual, but there were people on the record that were going to talk about the kind of sex he liked," the source said. "He was into S&M type stuff; choking, rough-housing and slapping."

The businessman had a history of violence in his past, including allegations of abuse by Taylor and restraining orders filed against him by his ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend.

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As previously reported, Russell's ex-wife attributes his suicide to his relationship with Taylor and the pressures of being on the hit Bravo TV show, along with immense financial hardship.

Russell was found hanged in the bedroom of a friend's home on Monday night and pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m. by the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

1161 days ago


she was estranged from him, so why was she so worried when he didnt show up? did she know that he was suicidal and not tell anyone hoping held do it, also alittle odd she made a point of going to where he lived with a friend, something doesnt smell right here, it was so obvious from the show he didnt want to be there and also that they had to have had financial problems he looked like a guy with no money surrounded by people with some money even a little it was more than he had, you cam tell alot about a person by observing them and I only watched the show a few times but it happen to be with episodes with him

1161 days ago


When she saw the hanging body I bet you she broke out the champagne and thought of all the endless new possibilites to make more money in reality tv.

1161 days ago


those freakish lips turn my stomach

1161 days ago


Aside from the whole issue of these shows -which I've never seen- this is a horrific tragedy and I really feel for this woman. She will carry this with her for the rest of her life. The same thing happened to me and it only gets worse after you have time to relive every horrid moment you had and everything horrid thing you said to them during the course of a bad marriage. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

1161 days ago


I feel bad for Russell that he was not smart enough in the first place to not become involved with that over dramatic, fake ash, face sunk in, be-otch!

1161 days ago


My heart goes out to Taylor and daughter.It's sad to think That Russell thought he had no other option, but this.He was a very depressed person, and needed professional help and that is sad, when a person thinks there is no one that can help w/issues they may have. They will be in my thoughts, prayers and myheart. God Bless them.....

1161 days ago


Awww....the meal ticket is gone. No alimony, no child support and no life insurance (suicide)....and no getting him in court on the trumped up domestic abuse wonder the poor man hung himself.

1161 days ago


They said he did it because he was broke, I wonder if she feels guilty now for spending 50 thousand on her daughter 5th birthday party?

1161 days ago


Can someone get her Doc to STOP ?? Eat something as well.

1161 days ago


Some insurance policy's do cover suicide. Harv, other legal eagle back me on this please .

Either way I hope his CHILDREN are taken care of and not a plastic surgeon.

1161 days ago


eat something jesus...

1161 days ago


It is quite apparent by some of the comment's I've read, that they don't believe she was abused. I can't count how many times my ex would boohoo and promise not to do it again. We keep silent out of embarrassment and shame. We have been verbably abused for so long that our self esteme is dimished. This woman was NOT responsible for her husband's death. Instead of judging her on her appearence alone, perhaps it would be wise to keep your mouth shut. You don't know this woman at all. What you see is what producers want you to see, nothing more, nothing less. My heart goes out to her, as do my prayers.

1161 days ago


Abuser is the fault of the abuser. But, I don't believe Taylor passively stood by during the violence. On HWBH Taylor showed serious aggression against Kim Richards, threatening her with physical violence. Shanna Hughes..... errr Taylor Ford..... errr Taylor Armstrong has a do***ented grifting history. Russell was at his wit's end and chose to deal with it by suicide. Taylor turned the screw until it finally happened. Be careful what you wish for. Now she has to face the Federal charges of their scams by herself. They defrauded people to live the high life in Beverly Hills.

1161 days ago
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