'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Star Russell Armstrong Commits Suicide. Taylor Armstrong 'Devastated.'

Tue, August 16, 2011 2:56pm EST by 12 Comments

Russell’s wife Taylor had recently separated from her husband.

Russell Armstrong, 47, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was found dead of suicide after hanging himself.

“Russell Armstrong was found in a bedroom last night and was pronounced dead at 8:16pm. He had hanged himself and there was no suicide note. At this time no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending, there will possibly be one done on Wednesday or Thursday,” Ed Winter of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office tells HollywoodLife.com.

Winter adds, “We are hearing reports that Russell Armstrong had been staying with a friend when his body was found hanging in a bedroom. He was not at his own home. Apparently it was his friend who called 911.”

Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce from Russell in July 15 — exactly a month before Russell’s suicide — citing irreconcilable differences. The pair have a 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy.

“Taylor is shocked, devastated and beside herself. Her friends are flying from all over to be with her right now. Her daughter is safe and with her,” a source close to Taylor tells us.

“Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter,” her attorney said in a statement.

Bravo also released a statement to us: “All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time.”

In the days leading up to Russell’s suicide, Taylor showed no sign that relations between the pair had deteriorated more than usual. Another source who hung out with Taylor and a group of her girlfriends over the weekend tells us, “She was as cool as sh** this weekend. There was nothing wrong with her. She didn’t even bring up Russell during our conversation. She was happy and everything is great. It’s so shocking. It’s such a surprise. It’s so crazy he hung himself.”

Russell himself was under a lot of pressure, his lawyer told TMZ. “I feel bad because his credit cards weren’t working … He had tremendous financial problems,” Ronald Richards said.

Ronald added that Russell was upset over the end of his marriage. “He was also extremely bummed out about the divorce with Taylor. As far as a will, even if he does have a will, they don’t have any assets, so I’m not sure what there would be left to leave. I am extremely saddened … I had no idea he was depressed.”

On the show, Russell and Taylor’s marital strife was on full display. They fought constantly — over things like their daughter’s birthday party — and Taylor never felt like she could talk to her husband the way that some of her co-stars could.

Russell had an abusive past. Two of his exes accused him of domestic violence and both filed restraining orders.

– Reporting by Sandra Clarke, Chloe Melas and David Caplan

More ‘Real Housewives’ News

  1. Taylor Armstrong’s Husband Has An Abusive Past
  2. ‘RHOBH’ Star Taylor Armstrong Files For Divorce From Russell

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Get a life!

Posted at 8:58 AM on February 22, 2013  

It is noones place to judge or comment on someone’s life. It’s very sad but life carries on!

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Posted at 2:55 AM on September 10, 2011  

I would like to tell Russell family my heart and prayers are with all of you.
I would like the public to realize we did not live in Russell and Taylors house so what goes on behind close doors is none of our business.
I am a parent and I would like the public to stop saying things we do not know. This man has parents, siblings, and children, wifes and exwifes that have to go on and this family should not have to read these things the public is saying. I pray for his children that their lives can go on without anymore hurt from the public. You know when we say things it hurts and no one should have to live with people always saying things that we do not know. God place your hand on this family in this difficult time.

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Posted at 6:33 PM on August 18, 2011  

I am so happy he’s gone!!!! What a drap on the show. I simply got sick of his whimpering, whing, and being a total butt to Taylor, let alone a total drag on money. He had NONE, what she saw in him is beyond me, I would have divorced him before I married him. I feel so sorry for Taylor and her daughter, may God be with them and see them through this last “BUTT” action by this total loser.

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Posted at 1:46 AM on December 6, 2011  

Oh my god, what is the matter with you? You’re a terrible excuse for a human being.

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Posted at 10:56 PM on August 16, 2011  

Feel very sad for Taylor and her daughter.this is devastating.Hope she is in no way blaming herself.Russell obviously was depressed but to do this was only thinking of himself,not what he was doing to his family.you could tell watching “housewives”that he was controlling and possibly abusive.probably thought of this as a way of getting back at Taylor!

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Posted at 9:50 PM on August 16, 2011  

I know this is a long shot, but I hope this sad situation serves as a wake-up call to nobodies aspiring to be reality stars that this kind of fame is not worth it. Yeah, real life without cameras can be mundane and boring at times, but at least your family, friends, and loved ones are not getting hurt in front of millions.

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Posted at 3:24 PM on August 16, 2011  

To be on a show like——and going threw hardship is a nono…the show should know better it mad this guys life more harder…their all bout making money reguardless of who it hurts

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Dee Dee Moran

Posted at 8:56 AM on August 17, 2011  

What nonsense!!! Taylor Armstrong and her husband are both adults – they were not forced to be in a reality show! It is in no way the fault of the show. These people are rich and anything they want they can have. It is never enough though, they have to be celebrities too. Their greed knows no boundaries – that’s what the problem is. A $60,000.00 birthday party for a four year old? Is she that desperate to impress people? She needs to find her way back – to remember what is really important – and to understand money can’t fix everything. She needs therapy – big time!!!

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Posted at 4:42 AM on September 27, 2011  

is this dee dee that lived in marietta georgia? she always said “big time” this must be the dee dee that i knew…

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Posted at 11:29 AM on August 16, 2011  

I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Tag Cent.com

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Posted at 11:08 AM on August 16, 2011  

OMG!!! How Sad… Obviously, this man had a tremendous amount of problems, but he did have a little girl to think of! It’s just too bad he didn’t seek help, tomorrow would have probably been a better day for him.

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Posted at 10:59 AM on August 16, 2011  

yikes, what a clustereff of a situation. he sounded very abusive and seemed cruel on the show. what a horrible ending though.

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