‘Real Housewives’ husband Dies

Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong

The estranged husband of a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member apparently killed himself in his home. The death of 47-year-old Russell Armstrong was caused by hanging and no note has been found, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.

Russell Armstrong’s lawyer said he’s “100% convinced” Armstrong’s role in the reality show created his depression, but he does not blame the Bravo network for his death.

Armstrong was the subject of numerous celebrity gossip website stories in recent weeks that detailed allegations of abuse made against him in his pending divorce.

After Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce last month she said that she was verbally and physically abused during their nearly six-year marriage. “I felt like I was dying inside, Now, there’s some sense of peace.”

“He did not want the divorce at all, but he was willing to accept her decision,” Russell Armstrong’s lawyer Richards said, “I’m 100% convinced and based on facts that this show led to his depression on a couple different grounds. One is that the show characterized him as someone that abused his spouse. It highlighted ancient financial negatives in his past and put him in a spotlight that he wasn’t equipped to deal with.”

Armstrong’s death should serve as a warning to the dangers people face when they sign up for a reality show, he added.

The network that carries the show issued a short statement Tuesday morning:

“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.”

Some of the other “Housewives” took to Twitter and Facebook to express their condolences. “Shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Russell Armstrong,” Jill Zarin, who appears on the New York City version, tweeted Tuesday.

“No words can express how much my heart is breaking for my fellow housewife sister (at)taylorarmstrong and her daughter,” Gretchen Rossi, who appears on “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” wrote on Facebook.

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