Taylor Armstrong "Devastated" by Russell's Suicide

Celebrity News Aug. 16, 2011 AT 4:03PM
Taylor Armstrong "Devastated" by Russell's Suicide Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong is understandably shaken by the news of her estranged husband Russell's suicide.

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"Taylor Armstrong is devastated at the tragic events that have unfolded," her rep tells Us Weekly in a statement. "She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter." (She and Russell are parents to Kennedy, 5.)

The LAPD confirmed Tuesday that Russell hanged himself in an L.A. residence where he had been staying. His body was discovered Monday evening.

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The Bravo reality star's "thoughts and prayers" are with "Russell's 11- and 13- year-old sons" from previous relationships, the statement adds.

Taylor, 40, filed for divorce on July 15 from Russell, 47, citing physical and verbal abuse.

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"He was so angry about everything," a close friend of Russell told Us Tuesday. "But never did anyone suspect he would kill himself."

Added a second source: "Russell was dealing with a heavy amount of emotional and familial distress. His life was in shambles."

If you think you or a loved one are in an emotional or suicidal crisis, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online, or call 800-273-TALK.

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