Wednesday, May 22, 2013
After money problems, a pending divorce and allegations of abuse, Russell Armstrong seems to have caved in to all the pressure. Armstrong, soon-to-be ex-husband of Taylor Armstrong, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was found dead by a roommate Monday night after apparently hanging himself. Inundated with debt, the couple declared bankruptcy back in 2005, and it seems things just got worse. He and Taylor were even fighting a lawsuit in court - when they weren't fighting each other in court, that is - that the former company where Russell was CEO filed against them. The suit against the pair, filed in July, claims they "successfully and secretly" funneled money away from the company and into their own pockets, using it to redecorate their lavish home and to invest in Eva Longoria's restaurant, according to TMZ. Russell's lawyer, Ronald Richards, told TMZ, "I feel bad because his credit cards weren't working ... He had tremendous financial problems. He was also extremely bummed out about the divorce with Taylor. As far as a will, even if he does have a will, they don't have any assets, so I'm not sure what there would be left to leave. I am extremely saddened ... I had no idea he was depressed." And no one really has any idea when it comes to those abuse allegations. Taylor Armstrong made allegations that Russell roughed her up, and his ex-wife, Barbara Armstrong, tells Radaronline.com that Russell, "... threw me to the ground and slapped me across the face....the police were called to Russell's and my residence during our marriage because Russell hit me, blackened my eyes, kicked me in the back, threw crystal drinking glasses at me, and spit on me." She and a former girlfriend filed for restraining orders against him. Messages poured in from all the various Housewives franchises. Close friend Adrienne Maloof tweeted, "My heart goes out to @TaylorArmstrong and Kennedy during this devastating time. You will be in my thoughts and in prayers." New York's cast member Danielle Staub tweeted, "Love and prayers to you and your family -- I pray your privacy will be respected in this great time of need!" Armstrong, 47, leaves behind a 14-year-old son with Barbara and a 5-year-old daughter with Taylor.