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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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91.

SantaFeJack    

As with David Carradine, the family will sue everybody they can think of and collect a sizable sum because it will be cheaper for the litigants to settle vs. defend. Sigh.

1142 days ago
92.

Dawn    

If his partner just happened to commit suicide 24 hours later, they were both most likely murdered. I thought this from the beginning. Anyone can make a crime scene look like a suicide if they have enough time and strength to do it.

1142 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

The mob doesn't go to the extent of making a murder look exactly like a suicide, they just shoot you and leave.

1142 days ago
94.

Jen    

After hearing his friend "committed suicide" outside his car in a public area, I have been leaning towards the same thoughts as his family. Neither one left a note. I simply can't believe that a person would take their own life and not have anything to say to the people they're leaving behind. Russel had a kid - wouldn't he at least want to say goodbye to her? I totally smell something fishy surrounding the deaths of both Russell & his friend. They were into some shady dealings. I hope the truth comes out soon so they can both find peace.

1142 days ago
95.

Lulubelle    

Oh No, sounds like it's time to call in Randy & Evie Quaid, the Star Whackers have Struck Again!

1142 days ago
96.

cali    

This story is planted here by Taylor

1142 days ago
97.

Sherms    

A private what??

1142 days ago
98.

Irish Pubes    

Why is everyone so up in arms over the phrase "private d ick?" It's like TMZ is for 2 year olds...

1142 days ago
99.

Sandy    

What happened to blaming Taylor and Bravo!! Now they said he was murdered!! They can't make up their minds!!!

1142 days ago
100.

Bec215    

It's not surprising in a world where everything is so fake, someone would refuse to believe this man simply comitted suicide... Real life is rarely as complicated as an episode of Law and Order, and Occam's Razor is the rule not the exception.

1142 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

i did it

1142 days ago
102.

c    

He was a wife beater who took the coward's way out. Sorry but your precious Russell was just a piece of ****. Deal with it.

1142 days ago
103.

ketjo    

I see Bravo and the Taylor team are working overtime to deflect any blame from their selves here..This is just another story churned out by them to shift any blame away from them and their prize show.....That man could have very well been murdered , his partner dies within 24 hrs and the cops don't think its suspisous...come on folks really....they belong to a questionable business group and the cops don't see the link...really.... either the cops in LA are the keystone variaty or somethings smell in LA and it ain't only the Hollywood Housewifes.....

1142 days ago
104.

Kelly    

Andy Cohen must think all his luck has come at once. The moment a family member said it was murder, their lawsuit blaming Bravo for the suicide became unwinable.

1142 days ago
105.

Rogue Warrior    

Taylor literally has ROL locked up! They have to have a contract with her at the moment because they're force feeding her BS down everyone's throats. She's a gold digger who should be homeless soon, at least lets hope so.

1142 days ago
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