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Russell Armstrong's Family

He Was MURDERED

9/6/2011 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Russell Armstrong
's family isn't buying suicide as the cause of death ... they believe he was murdered, and they're putting a private dick on the case.

Although the L.A. County Coroner ruled Russell's death was a suicide by hanging, sources close to the situation say the family is convinced ... Russell's money problems caused him to get involved "with the wrong people."  They believe Russell may have screwed someone over out of desperation and that person or persons retaliated by killing him.

We're told the family is in the process of hiring a private investigator.

Russell Armstrong Death

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16.

OJ Simpson    

Russ was my good friend and I was checking on him.

1122 days ago
17.

JUstin    

I Actually think he levitated ..lmao . The Denial is getting way too Ridiculous ..

1122 days ago
18.

Muppet    

I thought the situation with the friend made things a little suspicious as well. It wouldn't hurt to check things out.

1122 days ago
19.

maria    

If Russell beat the hell out of Taylor ,why Taylor didn't showed bruises during the show taping? and if is true why the friends from the show didn't call the police?is all lies ,they all lie ,the show the low class rich shallow women and Bravo Tv are the guilty ones!

1122 days ago
20.

Justice_4_Kelly    

MURDERER!


TAYLOR PROBABLY HAD HER BUDDIES STRANGULATE THEN STRING MR ARMSTRONG UP TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A SUICIDE!


...AND THIS B**TCH BROUGHT HER 5 YEAR OLD KID ALONG AS AN ALIBI!

1122 days ago
21.

SoberChickTX    

Families of suicide victims very rarely want to believe that their loved one did in fact take their own life. It's common for them to assume it had to be homicide. It's a form of denial/coping :(

1122 days ago
22.

RonBurgundy    

Casey Anthony might've whacked him...

1122 days ago
23.

Theresa2424    

THEY ARE PUTTING A PRIVATE **** ON THE CASE??? Check again TMZ!!! lol

1122 days ago
24.

Abaddon    

He's well-liked in Hell. A real party animal, this Russell Armstrong.

http://twitter.com/DWTS

1122 days ago
25.

Louise    

They need The Closer and her team - they'll figure it out!! :)

1122 days ago
26.

Darla    

Typical.
Denial.
Very common. The family never want to believe it was suicide.
Guilt and pointing fingers.
Can't face the truth.

1122 days ago
27.

Tammi    

When an individual commits suicide, the family is always going to look for someone to blame. It is extremely hard to accept. Its all part of the grieving process. It takes a long time to accept and people should NEVER judge EVER.

1122 days ago
28.

Emily    

So has anyone else noticed that d.....ick is in the article, but if I say **** in a comment it gets censored? hmmm...

1122 days ago
29.

LiveOutLoud    

I think they family might be onto something. What really raised my suspicions about his death is his business partner dying directly right after Russell, and for it to also be suicide. Very strange.

1122 days ago
30.

en Todo Momento!!    

oh come on, 'family'. people don't murder people over money anymore. maybe like in the 20's, but nowadays, it's better to keep them alive, because you know, credit card interest rates are amazing!!!

1122 days ago
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