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Russell Armstrong

Asked for Xanax Before Death

8/17/2011 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Russell Armstrong
begged a friend for anxiety drugs days before his death ... TMZ has learned.

Armstrong's longtime friend and confidante Russ McCullough -- who appeared on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" last season -- tells us, he met Armstrong for dinner recently ... and things had reached a new low.

According to McCullough, Armstrong couldn't afford to pay for his meal -- and when the subject turned to his divorce, Armstrong said, "This is as bad as it gets."

Armstrong also said he was distraught over his negative portrayal on the show ... and feared he'd never recover from the ordeal -- so McCullough gave him a Xanax pill to take the edge off.

We're told Armstrong called McCullough 3 days before his death, asking for a "full bottle" of Xanax -- but McCullough suspected something was seriously wrong ... and refused out of fear Armstrong might abuse the pills.

As we previously reported, Armstrong's death was ruled a suicide by hanging -- no drugs or alcohol were found at the scene.


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why mention it now ?

1161 days ago


Nope. The California attorney who said Murdering your kid after a custody dispute goes wrong - reported here is as bad as it gets. And the Sac Bee continues their policy to Not identify the judge, is also very bad.

1161 days ago


why call this guy for a "full bottle"
why not see a doctor
xanax may have helped him deal with this stressful time in his life

1161 days ago



1161 days ago


How was his marriage before wifey got to be a bitch on TV? Would it have survived economically if the world wasn't there to see him go broke? I think we can blame and fault this one in the case file marked Death By Reality Show.

1161 days ago


sad to say, I don't think this will be the first "reality" suicide.....wait about 5 years when the kids of the Jersey Shore, and all these housewives have squandered thru all their money and can't deal with real "reality". RIP Mr. Armstrong....I'm sorry even in death, you're not really at peace.....

1161 days ago


He was a coward.

1161 days ago


You never give someone else prescription medicine. Friend should have sent him to a doctor. Actually if the poor guy had seen a doctor maybe he would still be alive.

1161 days ago

T. Bag Jones    

Sounds like this guy was crying out for help and though everyone knew he was in bad shape no one did anything to help him. Really sad.

1161 days ago


It is a shame that a film company can allow such shaming on a man who was obviously in pain. To know his astrainged wife belittled him constantly and spent all his monies like it was nothing should be a crime. Rest in peace Mr. Armstong and know there are those of us out there who care.

1161 days ago


Couldn't he have at least waited until Season 2 started? Now they have time to hurriedly re-edit the entire thing :(

1161 days ago


Did Russ McCullough implicate himself by giving a controlled substance to Russell Armstrong illegally?

1161 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Ask him if he feels better now........oh, wait.

1161 days ago


His whore wife caused this! She should just go crawl under a rock.

1161 days ago


This has truly broken my heart. I really liked the guy. I didn't care much about his wife. She must know that she played a part in his death. When you can't roll with the big dogs, you stay our behind on the porch. I remember an episode where she, Taylor, spend a huge amount of money on her daughter's birthday party. Truly, was that necessary? May he rest in peace is my prayer.

1161 days ago
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