Russell Armstrong's Suicide: Fellow Housewives React

Celebrity News Aug. 16, 2011 AT 12:22PM
Russell Armstrong's Suicide: Fellow Housewives React Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com; Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

The apparent Monday night suicide of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Russell Armstrong has devastated the Bravo community.

The estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong was just 47 years old, and leaves behind daughter Kennedy; the LAPD confirmed to Us Weekly that Armstrong hanged himself in his L.A. area home, and was discovered Monday evening.

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A spokesperson for Bravo said in a statement: "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."

Armstrong's close friend and castmate Adrienne Maloof tweeted: "My heart goes out to Taylor Armstrong and Kennedy during this devastating time. You will be in my thoughts and in prayers."

Tweeted castmate Camille Grammer: "My sympathy and condolences go out to Taylor and Kennedy. My thoughts and prayers are with them."

"I am so very sad about today's news," Bravo's Andy Cohen tweeted. "My prayers and thoughts are with Taylor Armstrong and her family.

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New BH castmember Dana Wilkey and close Armstrong pal told Us: "My condolences go out to the Armstrong family, I am shocked and devastated. I am here for Taylor Armstrong and Kennedy Armstrong in any capacity that they need me and will do anything in my power to support them as they move through this difficult time."

"That's unbelievably awful," Real Housewives of New York City's Alex and Simon McCord told Us. "[We] hadn't heard yet. Our hearts go out to the family."

"It's terrible!" McCord's castmate Ramona Singer told Us. "I've met Taylor, she's very sweet."

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She added of the the late Armstrong: "It's a shame, it's a shame for his child and it's a shame for his wife. It's very sad when anyone takes their life. Someone has to be in so much pain to take their life, I can't even imagine what kind of pain."

Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Danielle Staub tweeted: "Love and prayers to you and your family -- I pray your privacy will be respected in this great time of need!"

Added Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes: "My dear friend! My heart goes out to you! I'm here for you."

Real Housewives of Orange County's Gretchen Rossi: "No words can express how much my heart is breaking for my fellow housewife sister @taylorarmstrong and her daughter. Please keep her and her family in your prayers and thoughts today. RIP Russell Armstrong."

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