Russell Armstrong, Husband of Real Housewives' Taylor, Commits Suicide
Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong
Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong, has committed suicide, police tell TVGuide.com.
Armstrong, who was 47, was found Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Bruce Borihan said. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Armstrong hanged himself in his bedroom. A suicide note has not been found, the site says.
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"All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news," the network said in a statement. "Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time."
Bravo executives are waiting at least 24 hours to decide whether footage from the upcoming second season will be re-edited in light of Armstrong's death, The Hollywood Reporter reports. There's also no word yet on whether or not the Sept. 5 premiere date will be pushed back.
Sources tell the magazine that shooting has not yet wrapped on the current season, but production has been halted at least for the rest of this week. Prior to Armstrong's death, Bravo had ordered an additional four episodes, bringing the total to 18.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong splits from husband
The Armstrongs' marital troubles were well-chronicled on Real Housewives and culminated with Taylor Armstrong filing for divorce last month after five years of marriage. The trailer for Season 2, scheduled to premiere Monday, Sept. 5, promoted the drama surrounding their imminent divorce.
Taylor's attorney, Robert Thorne released a statement: "Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter. Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell's 11-and 13-year-old sons."
Besides his wife, Armstrong, who was a businessman, is survived by their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy, and his two older sons from previous relationships.