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With Bravo still considering its options for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and with a new rumor spreading that Russell Armstrong recently broke the cheekbones of his wife, at least one aspect of this tragedy has been settled:

The late reality star will be cremated and a funeral will be held for him in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Taylor Armstrong and Family

There had reportedly been a conflict over where Russell's ashes would be spread - California or Texas - but because the couple was still married at the time of his suicide, Taylor is making the funeral arrangement.

UPDATE: There is still some controversy going on, and will now be a second service held for Russell in Texas. Ronald Richards, a lawyer for Russell, tells E! News:

"They [Taylor and her attorney] are playing fast and loose. They have kept the funeral location, service, and time secret from his mother, father, and sister.  His sister and father have told me that Taylor has not called them one time. The dispute is anyone coming to participate in the funeral in Los Angeles, not sending his remains to Texas."

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Details regarding the life and recent death of Russell Armstrong continue to pour forth, with the latest report painting this reality star in a disturbingly negative light.

According to a TMZ insider, just prior to filming on season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Russell struck Taylor Armstrong so hard that he fractured her cheek bones and sent her to the hospital. The injuries, and subsequent photos, were "horrific," this source states.

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer

Taylor Armstrong, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer are all smiles in this photo. But a new report sheds light on their private pain.

Unsure how to handle the situation - would Bravo fire her for appearing uncooperative if she didn't show up for filming? - Taylor reportedly confided in Camille Grammer and Kyle Richards. She then told Russell about this conversation with her castmates.

The Bravo mole says he reacted by emailing Camille a "very threatening" message that contained "the rantings of a lunatic."

Taylor's bruises and breaks, meanwhile, required weeks to heal, delaying production on the series. Now, the actual premiere has been pushed back as the network wonders what to do about Russell's suicide.

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More information has come out regarding the suicide of Russell Armstrong, including a chilling statement he allegedly made to his mother not long before hanging himself on Monday night.

In an interview on HLN, Russell's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss, tells host Jane Velez-Mitchell that her son confided in her just a couple weeks ago. Referring to his financial difficulties and allegations of abuse against his wife - all of which would be featured this fall on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Armstrong said:

Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season... I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.

Taylor and Russell

Elsewhere: In an interview with ABC News, Ronald Richards, Armstrong’s lawyer, said the show's focus on a lavish lifestyle plunged Armstrong into debt.

“These couples join these shows, and then they keep trying to outdo each other and they end up spending all their money trying to sustain a lifestyle that’s unrealistic and wasn’t there prior to the show. The weekly social events, the dinners and all the BS, trying to pretend you have unlimited resources in Beverly Hills is tough."

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Everyone deals with death differently. We try not to judge them for it at THG. Really, we do.

But then Danielle Staub brings the suicide of Russell Armstrong back to her own problems, even implying he was a weak, insensitive parent for committing such an act.

And now Lisa Vanderpump uses the tragedy to publicize her dog's Twitter account. Yes, you read that correctly. Her dog's Twitter account.

Lisa Vanderpump, Dog

“A very sad time…I look at life a little differently today..my heart aches for@TaylorArmstrong ..” wrote Giggy to his - prepare to be extra depressed/nauseated - 32,000 followers yesterday.

Will there even be a second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Maybe not. Will these women ever stop making absolutely everything about themselves? Definitely not.

What do you think? Lisa Vanderpump's dog Tweeting over Russell Armstrong's suicide is...

 

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It's one thing to experience it, but then to watch it again on television and know that millions of other people are watching, it's going to be tough.

So said Taylor Armstrong last week about The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a quote that referred to the focus of season two on her crumbling marriage to Russell Armstrong. Now, following his sudden, tragic death, Bravo is left to wonder: Should the show go on?

The season premiere is scheduled for September 5, but Andy Cohen - Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development and host of Watch What Happens Live - admits he isn't sure what the network will do:

"We're all still trying to process [the] very sad news, and looking at how to proceed with the series, which has finished primary production... we'll let you know what we decide when we do. In the meantime, we're sending our thoughts and prayers to Taylor and the rest of Russell's family."

Might Bravo actually axe the season? We doubt it. Edit out inappropriate scenes? Air everything as filmed? What SHOULD it do? You tell us:

 

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In the wake of Russell Armstrong's suicide, numerous past and present members of the Real Housewives family have spoken out, sending their thoughts and prayers to this troubled man's loved ones.

Danielle Staub? She's taken the opportunity to bring the focus back to her and her own painful struggle.

Danielle Staub on ET

If Danielle Staub needs help, we hope she gets it. Away from the camera and the spotlight.

"I was very close to taking my own life - not just on one occasion," Staub told Entertainment Tonight this week. "And what always saved me was the thought of my children living with that for the rest of their lives. I didn't want them to have that memory of me. I wanted them to remember me - even if I'm going through my struggles - alive."

So, just to read behind the self-serving lines: Danielle Staub is a stronger, more thoughtful person than Russell Armstrong.

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The autopsy results are in and the coroner has made it official: Russell Armstrong died by "hanging and the final manner of death is suicide."

But why? Why did the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong take his own life? It's a question that will never have an answer, but two theories have emerged:

The Armstrongs

1. Money problems. Russell was facing a $1.5 million lawsuit, had no assets to his name and told People weeks before his death: "It got really overwhelming. When you get a TV show involved and all the pressure, it just takes it to a whole new level."

2. A tell-all book was reportedly on the way, according to Radar Online, that would have exposed Russell as a bisexual.

"There were people on the record that were going to talk about the kind of sex he liked," a source said. "He was into S&M type stuff; choking, rough-housing and slapping."

We hate to gossip in such a manner about the dead, but at times like this, it's hard not to wonder. Bravo, meanwhile, might delay the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as it considers all options in dealing with this tragedy.

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A new development has come to light regarding the suicide of Russell Armstrong:

Insiders confirm to TMZ that Russell's famous wife - Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong - was actually present when his body was found. Moreover, it was Taylor's panicked calls and texts that led to the discovery.

Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong

Despite their recent divorce filing, Russell and Taylor were reportedly on decent terms. They were scheduled to meet Monday afternoon. When Russell didn't show, Taylor and a friend went over to the house at which he'd been residing. They met the owner on the property there and, while Taylor stood by, he looked through the bedroom window and saw Russell's body hanging in the bathroom.

A call was subsequently placed to 911 and Russell was declared dead at 8:16 p.m. Taylor stuck around the home for a few hours afterward. She has since released a statement expressing her devastation over the incident.

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New information has been revealed about the life of Russell Armstrong, the estranged ex-husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, the day after he committed suicide by hanging.

According to attorny Ronald Richards, Russell had been staying at a friend's house due to major financial problems.

"His credit cards weren't working," Richards told TMZ. "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."

Taylor and Russell

Armstrong's fellow Real Housewives have also expressed their shock and remorse:

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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.

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