Russell Armstrong, 47, the estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead Monday night in what appears to be a suicide.
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Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in Los Angeles of an apparent suicide, the city’s coroner’s office said.
Russell Armstrong appears to have died by hanging himself in a bedroom of a Mulholland Drive home, but no cause of death has been finalized, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said. No note was found at the house on Mulholland Drive where his body was discovered. He was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. No official cause of death has been given.
Russell Armstrong, who had moved out of the couple’s home several months ago after it became clear that the six-year marriage could not be saved and Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce last month, had been staying at a friend’s place.
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Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce on July 15 last after six years of marriage to the venture capitalist. The show frequently showcased their on-air fights and she told People he would sometimes grab her, shove her, throw things at her and pull her hair. He told the magazine the show had hurt their relationship.
Taylor Armstrong also told OK over the last weekend that the split was being handled amicably, with the two cooperating in co-parenting Kennedy, their 5-year-old daughter.
In her divorce filing, Taylor alleged that Russell had been physically and verbally abusive for years.
“Did I push her?” Russell told People in late July, denying additional allegations that he’d pulled her hair.
“Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that was not characteristic of who we were. This show has literally pushed us to the limit.”
Russell Armstrong’s lawyer, Ronald Richards, told TMZ that his client had “tremendous financial problems” and was “extremely bummed out” about his pending divorce.
The Armstrong’s also were hit in late July with a $1.5 million lawsuit alleging they’d scammed investors. In the lawsuit, MyMedicalRecords.com alleged the couple diverted money from NuWay Digital Systems investors who were led to believe they had shares in MyMedicalRecords.com, pocketing about a million dollars for themselves, Gossip Cop reported.[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”]
According to Radar Online, crediting an unnamed source close to the situation, reported Tuesday that the 40-year-old reality TV star Taylor Armstrong had been up all night and was “hysterical” over Russell’s death.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances of Russell Armstrong’s death. His motivations may never become clear.
An autopsy, which will include toxicology and other tests, is pending. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that no drugs or alcohol were found in the room where the fully clothed Russell was found dead.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is an American reality series for the Bravo cable network. The sixth installment in the network’s The Real Housewives of… franchise, production for the Evolution Media series began in March 2010. The show premiered on October 14, 2010. The January 20, 2011 finale of the show became the highest rated episode with 4.2 million viewers in their duel prime time telecasts. They were surpassed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta who saw 4.4 million viewers for their season finale on January 30, 2011.
The new season of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is set to premiere September 5.