Russell Armstrong, Taylor from RHOBH’s husband, committed suicide


In very sad, shocking news, Russell Armstrong, Taylor Armstrong from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ estranged husband, is dead in an apparent suicide. TMZ just covered the news that Russell was found hanged.

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead of an apparent suicide …sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Armstrong hanged himself. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive.

We’re told L.A. City Fire Department arrived at his home and pronounced him dead at 8:16 PM Monday. Sources say a roommate found Russell and called 911.

We’re told authorities have not found a suicide note.

Taylor filed for divorce last month, after she claimed Russell physically abused her. We’re told authorities informed her of Russell’s death last night.

He was 47 years old.

[From TMZ]

Recently Russell’s abusive past was uncovered when the news came out that two ex girlfriends had taken out restraining orders against him. Taylor has also accused him of physical abuse, with the National Enquirer reporting that he dislocated her jaw, punched her in the eye, and tried to keep her from going to the hospital afterwards for treatment.

Russell was also facing multiple lawsuits from bad business deals in which he was basically accused of running a ponzi scheme. He had also been convicted of felony tax evasion. So he had a lot of very serious personal issues. It’s very sad that he took his own life, especially for his five year-old daughter with Taylor, Kennedy.


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  1. gee says:

    This is awful. His poor daughter.

  2. Jen34 says:

    That is so sad. I feel bad for his little girl.

  3. Jackson says:

    Oh my, that is shocking news. I can’t stand that woman but I feel for their child. I hate to speculate but I imagine this will be a big storyline for Taylor….which I find revolting in that she will probably milk the situation. I hope the ‘Real Housewives’ production treads carefully with this.

  4. Jaye E says:

    That’s horrible. I feel so sorry for his daughter.

  5. GossipVixen says:

    Wow, very sad news for his daughter. Guess it was all piling up around him and he couldn’t take it anymore. Sad.

  6. the original bellaluna says:

    Sad. Poor little girl lost her daddy. Going to be rough for her, I think, especially when she’s old enough to understand what really happened. It’s very difficult for a child to come to the realisation that his/her daddy was abusive towards his/her mommy. It’s awful to have to explain; awful to have to deal with; and the fall-out is seriously hard, for both child and mum.

    Now, the cold bitter bitch in me thinks “Well, no divorce expenses; they’re still legally married; both wife and child will be able to collect his SSI.” And that is, again, the voice of experience speaking. Much easier to deal with a dead husband than an ex-husband. Particularly one who is abusive.

    *ducks, covers & runs*

  7. 4Real says:

    Oh no that poor little girl

  8. LisaMarie says:

    @The Original Bellaluna – I agree completely. We’ll duck and run together!

  9. Sigh. says:

    Cosign with you Jackson.

    There’s a fine line between addressing an issue like this and sensationalizing it.
    I hope they (his estranged wife, friends/associates, family, and the network) tread it carefully and respectfully, for his daughter’s sake.

  10. alyssa says:

    So sad to hear this. Jackson–I don’t think Taylor will milk the situation, she doesn’t seem like that type of person to me. Of all of the cast members of RHOBH she seems to be the most genuine which, I know, isn’t saying much…. But I’m sure the show has enough drama to capitalize on with Camille Grammer..

  11. gee says:

    @the original bellaluna:

    If, for arguments sake, we’re suggesting he was killed; it would make more sence to make it look like an accident. You don’t get life insurance, which I’m sure is more than social security.

    I’m not sure if this is where you were going or if I’m just a bad person for thinking that.

  12. Roma says:

    Suicide is always devastating. I too feel bad for his little girl.

  13. Jackson says:

    @the orginal bellaluna – I don’t think SS would be that much though, would it? I don’t really know. Not able to collect on insurance policies though I wouldn’t think. I have a feeling that a divorce might have brought out a whole lot of bad things between the both of them. They both seemed/seem very sketchy in both business and personal matters

  14. guilty pleasures says:

    @the original bellaluna, shame shame on you! But true, I guess. There’s an old bad joke where a guy is seen in a seedy bar hitting himself over and over in the head, when asked why, he replies, ‘If I’d killed her, I’d be getting out today.’ (move over bellaluna, I’ll join you in your hidey hole!)
    Is it not true that children of people who commit suicide are much more likely to do the same?
    I stopped watching these Housewives shows a long time ago. It’s all smoke and mirrors and shellac, and sadness and lies and all that is bad. Give me Biggest Loser any day!!

  15. Mermaid says:

    I can’t imagine Taylor going on with the show during this time.

  16. vixenela says:

    When Kandi’s fiancee on RHoA passed, they dedicated a show to him. It makes me wonder how much Bravo will edit of his footage, if any.

  17. Jezi says:

    I really feel for Taylor, I feel like she will take on a lot of the guilt from this. So sad for his little girl.

  18. dj says:

    you get life insurance still, since suicide is often linked to mental illness.

    Everything was falling apart in his life, his past abuse was being headlined online everywhere, his wife was speaking out against him in national mags, he had lawsuits against him….and with his history of abuse and control issues, this could definitely been a controlling action on his part.

    Very sad no matter what, a little girl lost her father.

  19. Flounder says:

    Terribly sad. I hope they don’t put any of this on the show.

  20. Jackson says:

    @ alyssa – IDK. She does seem like the sort to me. She has a very sketchy background. And add to it the fact that she did the domestic abuse fund raiser event last season….I hate to say this but now, with the abuse allegations coming out vs. her husband, it looks like a story arc to me – one that was set up and ready to go since last season. IDK. I just hope things aren’t put on film or even edited in such a way that her child will see it a few years from now and it will bring even more pain to her. Tricky situation.

  21. bros says:

    the whole show is already shot, so it’s really just a question of promotional things.

  22. RobN says:

    @Mermaid, you must not watch the show too closely. Taylor will play this for all it’s worth.

  23. Sloane Wyatt says:

    @dj: Well said.

    For a man dedicated to control, having all of his chickens coming home to roost publicly was more than Russell could take.

    Kennedy seems like such a lonely little girl, and I feel badly for this child who has tragedy to deal with so early in life.

  24. Mshuffleupagus says:

    This is so horrible!! I know he’s done some bad things (but I do not believe he beat Taylor) but I always felt so bad for him on that show!! Everyone always left him out, he wasn’t meant for that world. Man, I hope Taylor is doing some REAL self reflection about everyone she manipulates, very much including her husband. There’s a special place in hell for her if she lied about the abuse for pity and that was a factor in his suicide.

  25. Bermuda Blues says:

    Most life insurance policies have a suicide clause written into them. Often there is a one or two year period starting from the purchase date of the policy, before suicide is covered. Insurance policies are contracts, so whether or not suicide is covered is an issue that can only be answered by the provisions of that specific policy.

    Taylor is probably the benefactor of Russell’s estate, however Russell was nearly (or very nearly) bankrupt. Still, he would’ve had to provide alimony & child support payments to Taylor. Without any source of her own income, and with Russell gone, I’m sure we will be hearing more about her side of the story – frankly – its the only way she can make money.

  26. the original bellaluna says:

    It is most definitely sad.

    Life insurance may still pay out, dependent upon the wording of the specific policy. Life insurance would also definitely be more $$$ than SSI, but SSI will be paid to the child until she is 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later.

    I’m not suggesting he was killed, but I do love a good conspiracy theory, and the man undoubtedly had enemies. Also, for people who get off on controlling others, suicide is the ultimate “F You” to those left behind. It’s a very passive-aggressive thing.

    As a former abuse victim, I hung my head in shame when I had to document EVERY. SINGLE. HUMILIATING. INCIDENT. of abuse in order to get the restraining order. There are things that were done to me that only me, my former abuser, and God know. I could NEVER have made that kind of stuff known in print or on TV. My mom doesn’t even know all that was done to me!

    *runs back to hidey hole with LisaMarie & guilty pleasures*

  27. Jackson says:

    @ bros – is it already in the can? Does anyone know the time span they shoot from, like how many months? Or even weeks maybe?

  28. Seal Team 6 says:

    You usually can collect on insurance policies even if the person commits suicide. It depends on how long ago the policy was written, etc.

  29. Truthful says:

    I feel for his daughter, he probably felt he could not rebound from financial woes, and divorce.


  30. Melinda says:

    If he has life insurance, it will pay out only if it’s been inforce for 2 or more years. Very sad for his daughter.

  31. Rhiley says:

    I also feel very sad for his daughter. I could tell from last season that her life was going to be difficult. I felt sad watching her last year at that 60,000 dollar birthday party. She looked so miserable while her mother soaked up all the attention. I also felt sad for her when her father bought her a puppy after her mother had said that she did not want a dog at that time in their life. The dog ended up being given away. Now this. But I do think Taylor Armstrong will carry on with Real Houswives. She wants to be a star no matter the costs.

  32. Hootie Hoo says:

    Maybe this is a wake-up call that reality tv is a bit too real. This kind of tragedy has lasting effects for the family.
    That little girl no longer has a Daddy.

    So sad.

  33. Rhiley says:

    @Jackson: Real Housewive BH premiers at the end of August or the first of September I think.

  34. Ethel says:

    Bring back scripted TV shows!

  35. Jeannified says:

    Wow! Poor little Kennedy…Taylor, too. I’m sure Taylor is devastated over the news and all that his hanging implies. I don’t think Taylor will milk this. I was thinking that she might not go back to RHOBH, but now that Russell is dead, she will definitely need money, as she won’t be getting child support from Russell.

  36. Annaloo says:

    UGH.. I am sorry he took the coward’s way out, but that whole BH world, the entire Housewives series — truly, these are spiritually/emotionally/mentally bereft people AT THEIR WORST.
    What in the world have they contributed to humankind?

    Funny how things like this make me give the Apocalypse a side eye bc it’s probably on its way. And I’m not even religious.

  37. Susan O. says:

    Doesn’t he have other children too from another marriage?

  38. Devon says:

    Fudge. That poor child. 🙁 Aside from his obvious issues, there must have been so much more under the surface. Whatever personal demons he was suffering from, I hope he’s found some sort of peace. Former Canuck Rick Rypien was found dead yesterday in an apparent suicide, a hanging as well. Suicide is so selfish but I feel horrible for them that they felt it was the only way out. Give your loved ones extra big hugs today.

  39. Sucker for the Corps says:

    Sad 🙁

  40. hellloooo says:

    Shocking and sad.

    The RHWofBH season has already been shot and is premiering in early Sept. What I’m wondering is if Bravo execs are going to go back in quickly and re-edit the show to take out any damning segments about Russell (via Taylor). With a suicide, that would really make Bravo look bad (and, of course, Taylor) if they beat him up too horribly on the show.

  41. Susan O. says:

    Cancel the show and Brandi should keep her and Eddie Cibrian’s children far from any association with such crap…if either is a decent parent.

  42. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    The situation is so sad. This man was villified but his wife doesn’t seem like any prize either. There are two sides to every story and now his will not be heard.

  43. mymy says:

    I will say this. I feel she was using the abuse angle. I also think she was using the childhood abuse angle. I believe he may have pushed her and perhaps in the heat of the moment hit her. And I am of the opinion that she will never feel like her using this for attention had anything to do with it. She is a vile human.

  44. Annaloo says:

    If Taylor continues to go on that show, after the father of her child had committed suicide, she is indeed a vile human being, with no honor or respect for herself, her daughter and no standards. It is beyond distasteful.

    I hope she takes the high road, focuses on her daughter, and rebuilds her life, but she should cut the show loose.

  45. Skinnybetch says:

    I think it’s interesting how people can do shady & terrible things and think they can just opt out of life and not suffer the consequences of their actions. Karma is a bitch and he will have a whole lot to work through in his next life. I feel terrible for his poor innocent daughter who now has to grow up without a father. So selfish!

  46. dahlia47 says:

    I was shocked when I first read about it. I guess he really was in deep, deepm financial trouble.

    This story sounds like a movie or sometning cause he was found at a house on Mulholland Drive.

  47. dj says:

    like I mentioned and others have already, sometimes suicide is used as a means of control. I have no doubt he was stressed and desperate,etc. But when people lose control of situations, and they are control freaks, sometimes they resort to extreme measures to gain back control.

    Think about it, his wife, who I don’t respect at all either, was getting press for having left and abusive husband. She has a show season that will no doubt focus sympathetically with her and her seperation.

    His suicide basically ruins that tv season, she is no longer the abused wife, but perhaps a suspect woman. Now her intentions from now on with participating with real wives too is suspect.

    That’s a bit of a controlling move on some level to me, even if other factors were involved.

  48. Rhiley says:

    @dj: all very good points of view. Yours is a very intelligent way to look at the horrible situation.

  49. Pizzazz says:

    His child with Taylor actually looked closer to him than her. He also has at least two other young children from previous relationships. So selfish. The poor kids.

  50. anne_000 says:

    russell also leaves behind a 13-yr old son from a previous relationship. whatever money is left over, i hope it goes to BOTH children. and i hope taylor doesnt fight having some of the $ go to the other child.
    @40 hellloooo: good point. bravo should do some quick editing now if they do have some awkward bits about russell.

  51. The Other Katherine says:

    Don’t know whether Taylor is a terrible person (don’t watch the RH shows), but don’t understand while people are bagging on her for saying that her husband hit her. Given that this guy had restraining orders taken out against him by two other women, including his previous ex-wife (who alleges that he beat her when pregnant, a pattern that is very common among abusers), I find it absolutely believable that he beat the crap out of Taylor. His death? No great loss. Better to grow up without a father than to grow up thinking that it’s OK for men to beat up women, that it’s one of those things that you just put up with as the price of “love.” Ugh.

  52. Jules says:

    #47 I totally agree. It was used as a form of control. A friend of mines daughter killed herself on my friends husbands birthday because she (the daughter) did not like her step-father. I feel sorry for his children. They are going to feel the brunt of this. And that useless Taylor will milk it for all it’s worth. Maybe she can do something about that creepy smile.

  53. Jayna says:

    She will have to live with this. She leaked bad info about him selfishly for her own gain instead of a quiet divorce for the sake of their child.

  54. As some of you may recall, I have a lot of complicated feelings towards suicide. So I’ll just stick with what I know.

    My heart breaks for that baby girl. There is no greater loss, no greater sense of abandonment than losing a parent to a suicide. She’s going to live her life with a huge, glaring void – a black hole that consumes her self-worth. And I doubt a Housewife will be able to provide the love and clarity needed for an abandoned child.

    That poor baby girl. Her father doomed her to a life of inconsistency and uncertainty. She’s going to develop some heavy battle armor to combat for even the smallest of interpersonal interactions. I hope she makes it out of the fire with an enhanced sense of self esteem, because this poor child is doomed for years of anger and depression.

    I just want to hold her and cry.

  55. Memphis says:

    The whole situation is sad. I feel very sorry for his children. Not only have they lost their father but the things they will hear about him, true or not, will no doubt be heartbreaking to them. Taylor, I have no respect for- and will just leave it at that.

  56. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    OMG Thats absolutely terrible. I can’t believe it. OMG thats horrible for Kennedy. I don’t believe for a second Russell ever put his hands on Taylor and I remember that episode where he was left along with Kennedy he seems so happy to be with her and take care of her. OMG My heart just breaks for her. Then Taylor gave away the dog he brought for Kennedy. I feel so bad for her. I can’t believe this happened.

  57. KsGirl says:

    “truly, these are spiritually/emotionally/mentally bereft people AT THEIR WORST.”

    What that person said. The Beverly Hills edition is the only houseiwves show I’ve evr watched and I agree completely with the above statement. The show could be used to induce depression and hopelessness about humanity.

    Even before this news I noticed that I had never seen a photo of either the husband or wife OR CHILD smiling in a genuine way – they always had those awful fake smiles plastered across their faces and every photo just screamed ‘unhappy family’.

    My real sympathy is with that poor kid, who asked for none of this and now has more than most people to deal with at a very young age and, as far as I can see, no one in her life equipped to guide her and help her through it. I hope I’m wrong on that last point and she has someone.

  58. Pix says:

    I am constantly amazed by the comments on this board when it comes to abuse. I don’t know why people blame the victim. I don’t get why people assume the victim somehow pushed or caused the abuse. I don’t know anyone, no matter how vile, who deserved to be abused.

  59. catbud says:

    For everyone doubting Taylor’s story that Russel abused her, he gave a statement to People magazine admitting it – I was surprised he admitted and he downplayed it as “pushing her” and that they were under a lot of stress, but nonetheless, he admits it.

  60. Dj – Suicide is absolutely a means of control – of emotional manipulation. Most suicidally depressed individuals suffer from a perceived lack of control in their lives. They feel isolated and helpless, unable to correctly identify inappropriate reactions or responses. The world is falling apart around them, and it is difficult to maintain the level of “normalcy” they’ve been accustomed to.

    And then there’s that “AHA!” moment. That dark, vindictive little voice telling you to take matters in your own hands. “Fuck them,” you think, “They deserve to feel as miserable as I do. Then they’ll see. . .”

    And so it goes.

  61. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    Very, very sad and my condolences to her and her daughter. I just kind of knew from the first ep that she was the one with the most going on behind the scenes.

    What I hope this does is make producers be more aware of their reality stars. Not everyone has the makeup and fortitude to withstand the “reality” of reality tv out in the real world. Even if he was a totally abusive jagoff wretch, he didn’t deserve to feel so backed against a wall that suicide was his only way out. And, I just don’t think he would have felt that way if he hadn’t become a reality “star.”

    I don’t know him, could be totally wrong in my assesment and none of us will ever know whether I’m right or not now, but that will always be in the back of my mind regarding these two and the publicly-revealed side of their relationship.

    I REALLY hope she does not feel compelled to continue with the show. She and her child need to be afforded the respect of mourning off camera and for real, not for reality and for Emmys. If not, this will take it from Real Houswives to Stepford Wives status for me – entirely too sensational to stomach on a weekly basis.

  62. NinaGianvonni says:

    I never watched or heard of him but my heart goes out to his family and friends. I will refuse to make any statements about suicide, because I feel it’s not appropriate:-)

  63. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Pix there can be a slippery slope on this touchy subject. There are true domestic abuse victims both female and male. I’ve seen females push a man to the breaking point and when the lady gets hit she plays the victim card. A buddy of mine went to jail for this when the woman instigated the situation – it seems ok for a woman to hit a man and yet if he hits her back she is a “victim.” The ones that engage in this do a real disservice those who are truly victims.

  64. Chrissy says:

    This is so very sad. None of us know what really went on in that marriage, nor do we know why Russell ultimately decided to kill himself. My heart breaks for his children. They didn’t deserve this. Very, very sad. I wonder if he would still be alive had they not done the Housewives show. Any reality show is going to make everything seem like a bigger deal (in order to create drama and a better story line) and it certainly could have amplified their problems given that the ENTIRE story line was that he was a crappy husband. Soooo sad.

  65. Jezi says:

    @Susan O WTH does Brandi and her life have anything to do with this? Come on now!

  66. Bellaluna – I don’t think SSI will pay out very much, if at all. I could be wrong since my family was on government assistance, but I don’t think we saw much after burial/cremation costs. Even after my grandfather petitioned to have the cause of death ruled as “Unknown”, my sisters and I spent most of our childhood living hand-to-mouth.

  67. bros says:

    im quite sure the bravo editing team is working overtime right now to edit edit edit. this will drastically reduce taylors on screen time I think. the major storyline was her feeling sorry for herself and losing a bunch of weight and being a woe is me woman.

  68. Callumna says:

    Seems they are locating the most troubled people in the world for reality t.v. Very surprised we don’t have more stories like this but I’m sorry to say I think we will.

    Nobody’s who they seem, producers exploit attention starved trainwrecks for our amusement.

  69. garvels says:

    I watch this show and I am sure Taylor will milk this for all she can. I personally think Taylor is more or just as seedy as her husband. I hope she leaves the show to start a quiet new life with her beautiful child. Her daughter’s life will be forever scarred by his suicide and I truly think the show exasperated the situation.

  70. Callumna says:

    Wait a minute. Corey Haim, Anna Nicole Smith, drummer from Alice in Chains, guy who played actor on Taxi, the guy from Jackass — all dead from drinking and drugs. Now this suicide. Actually Reality t.v. casualties are already abnormally high, this is just first one that might be exploited in upcoming episodes.

  71. taxi says:

    Sad but at the same time I find it disgusting that RH women flaunt domestic dirty laundry, and embellish it, for “fame” & money. I watched 1 episode of RHNY & part of what was probably RHBH. Just awful. Made me want a shower.

  72. Jezi says:

    I’m really shocked by some of these comments. Some of them saying that Taylor is lying yet this man’s ex’s had restraining orders out on him. That says a lot. For years women and even men who were being abused kept quiet. To say Taylor shouldn’t have spoken out about her abuse is wrong. There needs to be awareness and people should be held accountable for their actions. Abuse is wrong and telling her to keep her mouth shut is even worse. This man obviously did some shady things. I agree with whomever wrote that he did this out for control.

    There is heavy drug use and suicides among many actors and actresses. Not only surrounding Reality TV stars. Just in the entertainment field altogether.

  73. Susan O. says:

    Jezi are you really absolving Taylor of any involvment? Can’t believe what I’m reading. Of course, she should be removed from RH. Vile, disturbed woman. RIP Mr. Armstrong

  74. Jayna says:

    Jezi. This woman is as shallow as they come. She spent sixty thousand dollars on her little girl’s birthday party, money she didn’t have and the party was all about her. She gave a speech on violence from her childhood all the while on stage bragging you could survive it and bag a rich man and live in beverly hills like her. He might have been a not so good husband but I hated how instead of divorcing with dignity for her daughter’s sake she began leaking damaging info about him so she could play the martyr. She’s a shallow social climber who hated it when hubby was going broke and she still spent money like water and wanted her 15 minutes of fame to last. I feel for his children. She will stay on the reality show and milk it.

  75. anne_000 says:

    @74 jayna – also, taylor made a false declarative statement in front of adrienne maloof that adrienne was kennedy’a godmother.

  76. the original bellaluna says:

    Missy A – SSI pays out what the dead person has paid into it. I had two different friends whose two different baby daddies died. Both friends got SSI payments (for their children, as they were not married to the dead baby daddies at the time of said deaths) every month until those kids were 18, or graduated from high school.

    Now, I’m not saying it’s a lot of money, but when you’re a single mother struggling to support your kid(s) without child support, that extra money (around $600+ per month, I think – as I said, it depends on how much & how long dead baby daddy has been paying into the SS system) definitely makes a difference.

    Of course, I’m not talking about the type of wealthy fame-whoring women on this show. Apples and celery stalks (because apples and oranges are both still fruit).

  77. Bellaluna – Yeah, I was thinking of something else entirely! Momentary brainfart.

  78. Cinderella says:

    That was one troubled soul.

  79. original kate says:

    ok, i’ve only seen this show few times -and was totally mesmerized by the gecko creature named camille- but this guy sounds like he was kind of an asshole and brought this on himself. i don’t think the wife “drove” him to suicide but i’m sure she will happily collect his money, cry buckets when the camera is rolling and get through it all by shopping a lot.

    i do feel sorry for their daughter, however – that is very sad.

  80. filthycute says:

    Oh, an abuser of women is dead. Boo hoo.

    They’ll be fine without him.

  81. dulcinea says:

    He had 3 children. 2 sons and a daughter. Also they are still filming the show. They were supposed to shoot tomorrow, but Bravo halted the shoot.

  82. don32 says:

    to filthycute your day in hell will come…

  83. Jezi says:

    @Susan O You don’t know the true dynamics of their relationship. To put responsibility of his choices onto her is ridiculous and cruel. I never said she was perfect but to blame her for his death is evil. This was still the father of her child and I’m sure the pain runs deep.

  84. filthycute says:

    @don32 LOL…that’s hilarious 🙂

  85. lisae says:

    Long before Taylor, Russell had a history of alcohol abuse, physically abusing the women in his life, as well as abusing his sons from prior marriages. Russell, prior to Taylor, also had a history of committing financial fraud in his business dealings. Between accounts from ex-wives, girlfriends, and court papers, Russell’s behavior during his Taylor years was merely more of the same.

    While little Kennedy will undoubtedly be very sad over the loss of her daddy, I hate to think how Russell would have treated Kennedy as she became older and more assertive, given his history of abusing his sons.

  86. Carla says:

    This is truly sad. I don’t know what went on behind closed doors. I know she had accused Russell of abuse. And that may or may not be true, but I do know that Taylor has been caught in several lies during filming. And I have seen a very abusive and violent side of her, as well. Remember the threats she made to Kim about ‘taking her out back and showing her some Oklahoma?’ Not Taylor’s exact words, as they were more crude and threatening.And what about the time they were all at Camille’s at the dinner and she jumped up out of her chair and shreiked,’enough, enough!’ in an eerie screaching voice and then looked and Kim and yelled for her to get up! And she was very threatening again to Kim at the reunion show. She cannot deny that she is also abusive and controlling. I feel bad for his children. As I said at the beginning, I don’t know what happened behind closed doors. R.I.P. Russell. And bless his children

  87. wunderkindt says:

    So sad!

  88. april says:

    My heart goes out to all involved. Suicide is so sad.

  89. SolitaryAngel says:

    From all the convictions and accusations against Russell listed in this post, it’s clear this guy was a piece of work. So I’m sad for the little girl, but I also believe if he was going to do this, better he did it when she’s so young. Speaking from personal experience, children this young are very resilient; if he had waited until she was 10 for example, that’s 5 more years he would have been in her life, abusing the people around him, including her mother, and done much more damage to her psyche in the long run. In a few years, she won’t remember the majority of what’s happening now and that’s better for her.

    I’m with the poster who said that a dead husband is much better than an ex-husband in prison.

    A clean break is always best.

  90. Phoenix says:

    Firstly, condolences to Kennedy and Taylor and Russell’s family and friends.
    I feel sick to my stomach that people here, despite all the attempts to make people aware of mental illness, still think a person ends their life out of spite or ‘control’. How ignorant and insensitive can you people be? Its this sort of thinking that makes people who have attempted suicide never talk of their experiences. NO ONE ends their life for ever, just for ‘control’. Suicide is never about ‘control’. For a person to suicide, that person obviously sees no way out, and most often, TRULY BELIEVE their loved ones would be better off without them. Some survivors of suicide attempts believe they were making a sacrifice for their loved ones. It is not and never is about ‘control’. Its a PERMANENT action to end enormous pain, feelings of deep depression, worthlessness and often a way to take away stress from family members. A person does not end THEIR LIFE for ‘revenge’!! Some of these posts that equate suicide as a ‘beep you’ or a control method are so sick, insensitive and so deeply illinformed and offensive and I feel saddened that we still have a long way to go to educate people about he causes and affects of suicide. From a social worker and someone who works with suicide survivors and Mental Illness advocacy.

  91. Jezi says:

    @Pheonix After reading your post I change what I said about control. Thank you for writing what you wrote. I don’t change my opinion on how I feel about the people blaming Taylor and thinking she should’ve kept her mouth shut about her abuse but I do think your post was very informative.

  92. Phoenix – As a child who lost her mother to suicide, and later in life, a woman who has had her own serious suicide attempt, I speak from experience when I talk of control/emotional manipulation. I’m not certainly not saying that control is the sole motivator in a suicide -I’m just saying it for me, as a young woman who was abandoned at an early age, I was aware of the emotional toll my death would have on my loved ones.

    And I did it anyway.

    So yeah. Is it an ugly, vindictive, selfish thing to say about a person who clearly suffered from a crippling depression? Yes. But the reality is, suicide destroys the lives of the people left behind. It is the absolute worst sense of abandonment. It is an emotional betrayal – the ultimate violation of trust. I’ve spent years wondering what I, as a young girl, could have done to prevent my mother’s death, only to turn all that hurt and anger inward on myself. And in my anger, I stopped caring about the people that loved me, because I couldn’t care for myself.

    So thanks for the lecture, but having been on both sides, I see no nobility in suicide. I give my sympathy to the survivors, because they have to carry that weight until the day they die.

  93. Jezi says:

    @MissyAggravation I’m so sorry for what you went through. Noone should have to experience that. I just wanted to say HUGS!!!

  94. DesertRose says:

    Wow. So who knows, right? Nasty Taylor with all her obsessively superficial self. Russel, who’s weirdness shone through every episode. I remember checking out their financial info after they were exposed as being broke, and his was way shady. I bet he had a very hard time letting the world see his (self-inflicted) problems. Tragic for the children involved.
    And I agree that Bravo will pull a fast one and change Taylor’s whole arc this season. If they don’t, Andy will look personally responsible for slandering a dead man.

  95. vicky says:

    A) The dislocation of the jaw may be as a result of the kilos of silicone the wife puts in her lips.
    B) Why is so sad that the husband kills himself? Did you knew him? Maybe he was a Gaddafi or an al-Assad type. The death of a person not always is a sad thing.
    C) How many losers watch a show about women who do not bring anything into society. Self indulgent, empty brains wasted lives? Where are the shows about engineers or doctors or women building better societies?

  96. Renee says:

    For the 1st 5 yrs of her daughter’s life she couldn’t find the “strength” to quietly leave him. Now she drags him before the WORLD and his daughter as an abuser … really? They are both assholes. I feel extremely sorry for that child.
    And by the way suicide clauses on Life Ins lasts only 2 years. This is way beyond money. Camera whoring gone too far is what it is.

  97. Whitey Fisk says:

    MissyAggravation, I’m sorry to hear about your incomprehensibly painful experiences.

    Years ago, I saw an amazing documentary by the filmmaker Dempsey Rice called “Daughter of Suicide”. She retraced her mother’s life up until the mother committed suicide. I saw it on VHS, but I think they make a DVD version now. It’s worth watching if you can find it.

    I’d like to point out that while some suicides are intended to be the ultimate “f–k you,” so many are not. The brain is often physiologically malfunctioning. Some who attempt or commit suicide feel as though it’s compassionate to relieve their loved ones of the “burden” they perceive themselves to be. Of course, this is the ultimate irony since suicide leaves behind a burden beyond measure.

  98. John Wayne Lives says:

    @ The Original Bellaluna.. I am touched by what you shared.
    And, frankly, I agree. It’s harsh, but so is life.

    This is so tragic. That poor child. I hope this woman stops this RH fuckery and focuses on that child for chrissake.