Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead Monday night of an apparent suicide. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Taylor Armstrong’s husband died as a result of hanging, but no suicide note has been found.

Russell Armstrong, 47, was an investment banker and venture capitalist. He was reportedly found dead at a home on Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills at 8:16PM on Monday after a roommate found him and called 911. Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said the death appears to have been a suicide. An autopsy and toxicology tests are currently pending.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce from Russell Armstrong last month. She claimed that her estranged husband had physically abused her. Authorities reportedly informed her of Russell Armstrong’s death last night. Taylor and Russell Armstong have one child together, a five-year-old daughter.

Taylor and Russell Armstrong had recently been the subject of a $1.5 million lawsuit by a company claiming the pair illegally took money from investors to support their lush lifestyle. The couple reportedly suffered from other financial woes as well. Russell reportedly was in debt for over $1 million and filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

Bravo, which airs Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, released a statement on Tuesday saying: “All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time.”



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