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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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61.

rose    

Denial

1120 days ago
62.

Jodi    

Who knows it could be a murder. I don't think so but my opinion means nothing to the family. Let them do what they have to do to get closure.

1120 days ago
63.

Mazor    

It was obviously his gold digging sl*t wh*re wife. Can you say crocodile tears?

1120 days ago
64.

LeeLoo    

I feel bad for his family. A lot of families of people who commit suicide try to put the blame on someone else or claim it was murdered. It's not unusual for a family of a suicide victim to convince themselves he was murdered.
That still doesn't change the facts, I have no doubt he committed suicide. But don't expect me to catch any RH shows in the future. It's all fun and games until you realize that reality shows like this are ultimately killing people.

1120 days ago
65.

AntiSocialForum.com    

I think Hall & Oates did it

1120 days ago
66.

waterdemon    

this family is just pulling every straw trying to make a buck out of this situation. no wonder he didn't feel like he had anywhere else to turn. how unsupportive can a family get?

1120 days ago
67.

Jackie    

Whatever.

1120 days ago
68.

Ghost Rider    

I feel sorry for this chap, military personel or cops that that snuff themselves not so much.

1120 days ago
69.

Jan    

I always felt that the investigators were too quick in calling it a suicide. Odd that his business partner also committed "suicide" the next day. Professional hit men know how to make appear to be a suicide.

1120 days ago
70.

PhonePlayGirl    

It's really sad that this has happened at all. His family needs to leave it be and let everyone heal and learn how to live with what's happened. It's not Bravo's fault, it's not Taylor's fault. It's as simple as he was not strong enough to face, handle and fix his problems. I really hope for his children's sake they can just learn to accept what happened.

1120 days ago
71.

Diamond    

Traylor Trash Shanna sure doesn't want a PI on this case. However, I'm interested in what they turn up on HER. Where can I donate?

1120 days ago
72.

nosy_parker    

oh god

1120 days ago
73.

Claus    

Chaz did it. Penis envy.

1120 days ago
74.

Mynx    

he killed himself!!! Quit trying to make a publicity stunt of this!!!!

1119 days ago
75.

Justine07    

This is really sad, but pretty typical, too. My father committed suicide and you really do want to believe that someone else was to blame ... but the fact is that the most obvious conclusion is true 99.9% of the time - they took their own lives because they couldn't deal with their current realities. Far-fetched murder schemes are very rare compared to unfortunately common suicides. And BTW, private ******** is an old-fashioned term, no wonder none of the kids on here remember it!

1119 days ago
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