Wow … shocking news to pass along today. TMZ is reporting that Russell Armstrong, one of the featured husbands on the Bravo TV reality TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has committed suicide. As you may know, if you watched the show, Russell and his wife Taylor Armstrong seemed to have a, let’s say, tenuous relationship as it was featured on the show last year. Since the first season aired, it was revealed by Taylor that she had been abused mentally and physically by her husband Russell. As a result, Taylor filed for divorce from Russell. Previews for the upcoming second season seem to show Taylor in a very emotional state talking about the circumstances of her abuse. We are just weeks away from the premiere of season 2 of the Beverly Hills Real Housewives … and now we learn that Russell has taken his own life. Wow! Read on for all the known deets …
Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead of an apparent suicide …sources tell TMZ. Our sources say Armstrong hanged himself. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive. We’re told L.A. City Fire Department arrived at his home and pronounced him dead at 8:16 PM Monday. We’re told authorities have not found a suicide note. Taylor filed for divorce last month, after she claimed Russell physically abused her. We’re told authorities informed her of Russell’s death last night. He was 47 years old.
In all honesty, I never liked the way Russell treated Taylor on the show … and I greatly feared what she may have endured when the cameras were not rolling. Let the speculation begin but my guess is that if Russell really did take his own life, it was either due to guilt or fear of criminal reprisal … or both. It has been reported that the upcoming second season of the show will feature Taylor talking about the abuse she suffered while married to Russell. Additionally, it has also been reported that Russell Armstrong was accused of embezzling from investors. It sounds like he had many reasons to take the easy way out. We may never know why Russell Armstrong decided to take his own life, if indeed that is what happened, but I’m certain we will be hearing more about this incident in the days and weeks to come. It remains to be seen if The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will address Russell‘s death on the show … but my guess is that they will.
Again, I say … Wow!
UPDATE: TMZ spoke with Armstrong‘s lawyer and reveals that both his pending divorce and overwhelming financial woes may have been the cause of Russell’s decision to end his own life:
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Russell Armstrong was at his wits end over his impending divorce from Taylor in the days leading to his death — and he was inundated with debt. Russell’s lawyer Ronald Richards tells TMZ, Russell had been staying at a friend’s house on Mulholland Drive in L.A. — the same house where authorities found his body hanging last night. Richards tells us, “I feel bad because his credit cards weren’t working … He had tremendous financial problems.” Richards adds, “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.” As we previously reported, Russell — an investor who made his money in the 90s during the dot com boom — filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2005, claiming he had less than $50,000 in assets … and debt somewhere between $1 and $10 million.
UPDATE 2: Bravo TV has issued a statement:
“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.”
Again, we still don’t know if Bravo plans to feature this death on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but I would bet good money they will. Stay tuned …