Russell Armstrong, Ex-Husband of Real Housewives Star, Dead of Apparent Suicide

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has turned more real than ever, in the most tragic of ways.

TMZ reports that Russell Armstrong, who appeared often on this Bravo series last season and who filed for divorce from Taylor Armstrong this summer in light of abuse allegations, hanged himself Monday night. He was 47.

Russell and Taylor Armstrong

Around 8 p.m. PST, authorities responded to a 911 call placed by one of Russell's roommates. They found his body hanging in the bathroom of his home on Mulholland Drive when they arrived.

In late July, Taylor went public with accusations that Russell shoved her and threw objects at her during their marriage. She was quick to say he's always been an "amazing dad" to the couple's five-year old daughter, however.

A few days ago, Taylor gave an interview in which she previewed the "emotional ride" ahead for her when The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns on September 5, as her failing marriage to Russell is expected to play a major role on season two. It's too early to know how this tragic event might impact how the relationship is depicted on screen.

Our thought go out to Russell Armstrong's loved ones.

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