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Husband Of ‘Real Housewives’ Star Taylor Armstrong Found Dead

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong has been found dead in a Los Angeles home.

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Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter says 47-year-old Russell Armstrong was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m. Monday in a home in the 1400 block of Mulholland Drive.

Death was caused by hanging and Winter says a suicide note hasn’t been found.

Russell Armstrong was an investment banker and venture capitalist.

His publicist, Rebekah Iliff, says he’s the founding managing director of Crescent Financial Partners. She also confirms Armstrong and his wife were in the midst of a divorce.

Taylor Armstrong, 40, filed for divorce last month, citing physical and verbal abuse. The couple’s relationship troubles were documented on the first season of the Bravo reality series. The show’s second season is set to premiere Sept.5. Previews of the season, airing on Bravo, also address the couples’ marital problems.

The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy.

According to TMZ, who first reported the story, Taylor Armstrong was notified of her husband’s death on Monday night.

Armstrong released a statement Tuesday through her attorney, Robert Thorne: “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.”

Fellow RHBH castmates Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof have taken to Twitter to express their condolences.

Andy Cohen, Executive Vice-President Original Programming and Development at Bravo, tweeted Tuesday,”I am so very sad about today’s news. My prayers and thoughts are with Taylor Armstrong and her family.”


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