Russell Armstrong, the estranged spouse of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead on Monday night at the age of 47, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed to Access Hollywood.
The Los Angeles City Fire Department pronounced Russell dead at 8:16 PM on Monday, the spokesperson told Access.
Russell, an investment banker, was found at his home on Mulholland Drive in West Los Angeles, the Coroner’s Office rep added.
The department is treating his death as a suicide, but an official determination will be confirmed on Wednesday after further examination.
Taylor issued a statement through her rep on Tuesday afternoon.
“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,” the reality star’s rep said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell’s 11 and 13 year old sons.”
Russell had been featured alongside Taylor on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and their relationship woes were documented on the show.
On Tuesday morning, Bravo issued a statement over the news.
“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,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
Taylor filed for divorce from Russell last month. The couple tied the knot in 2005 and has one daughter, Kennedy, 5.
According to People, Taylor claimed Russell called her names, grabbed her and pushed her.
“I felt like I was dying inside,” she told the mag in an article, published in July 2011. “Now, there’s some sense of peace.”.
A rep for Taylor was not immediately available for comment on Russell’s death when contacted by Access Hollywood on Tuesday morning.
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