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Russell Armstrong

Asked for Xanax Before Death

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

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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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1.

Rika    

why mention it now ?

981 days ago
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writenow    

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.

981 days ago
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raven    

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

981 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

fdsfdsf

981 days ago
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BangherlustBallings    

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.

981 days ago
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Stella    

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.....

981 days ago
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Donna    

He was a coward.

981 days ago
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spyke    

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.

981 days ago
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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.

981 days ago
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GG    

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.

981 days ago
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jeff    

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

981 days ago
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spenditall    

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

981 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

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

981 days ago
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SusanCoyote    

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

981 days ago
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Elaine    

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.

981 days ago
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