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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WOW! Sorry to hear the sad news.

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I am so sorry to hear about this. It seems that fame gotten by the reality "stars" is fleeting and destroys all of them in one way or another. It will be interesting to see how this is handled on the show. I hope Bravo does not run the show as if this had not happened. That would be a classless move just to garner more viewers. Shame on them if they do.

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Could it be possible that he was gay or he had severe financial problems?

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Sorry to hear.......wonder what part fame played in his thought to end his life? RIP and prayers for those he left behind....