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Russell Armstrong Dead: 'Real Housewives' Taylor Armstrong's Husband Commits Suicide: Report

AP / Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/16/11 11:45 AM ET Updated: 10/16/11 06:12 AM ET

UPDATE: People has obtained the following statement from Armstrong's rep: "Taylor Armstrong is devasted [sic] by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter."

AP Text:

LOS ANGELES -- The estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong has been found dead in his Los Angeles home.

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 on 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.

Sources tell TMZ that Armstrong hanged himself in an apparent suicide.

The Bravo family responds:

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

Bravo, which airs the reality series, issued a statement 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."

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.

The death was first reported by TMZ.com.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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