UPDATE: Despite mixed reports that “Real Housewives” star Taylor Armstrong discovered the body of her estranged husband Russell Armstrong, who hanged himself Monday night, People reports it’s not true.
“His body was discovered by a friend. I don’t know if it was the owner of the house, but it was not the wife [who found him],” L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirms to People.
The estranged husband of “Beverly Hills” housewife Taylor Armstrong died Monday evening in a Los Angeles home where he had been staying. Armstrong, 47, was reportedly found by a friend hanging in his bedroom just after 8 p.m.
“I can confirm that Mr. Armstrong was found dead from an apparent hanging in a residence on Mulholland Drive,” LAPD spokesman Richard French tells People.
Taylor, 40, filed for divorce from Russell, an investment banker and venture capitalist, last month after six years of marriage amid allegations of abuse. The couple have one daughter together, five-year-old Kennedy.
A rep for Taylor issued a statement Tuesday:
“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.”
A lawyer for Russell tells TMZ that Armstrong, who filed for bankruptcy in 2005, had “tremendous financial problems.”
“He was also extremely bummed out about the divorce with Taylor,” Ronald Richards added. “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.”
Several of Armstrong’s “Housewife” pals posted their support via Twitter:
“My heart goes out to @TaylorArmstrong and Kennedy during this devastating time. You will be in my thoughts and in prayers.” – costar Adrienne Maloof
“I am so very sad about today’s news. My prayers and thoughts are with Taylor Armstrong and her family.” – Bravo executive Andy Cohen
“So sorry 2 hear about Russell Armstrong’s death. I hope @taylorarmstrong’s privacy is respected during this difficult time.” – New Jersey Housewife Caroline Manzo
“My dear friend! My heart goes out 2 u! I’am here 4 u.” – Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes
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