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Bravo to edit 'Housewives' after Armstrong death

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Armstrong's autopsy results were released on Wednesday, confirming that his death was suicide. On Monday, Los Angeles authorities found the 47-year-old hanging from an electrical cord in a bedroom at a Hollywood Hills home where he had been staying, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned. No suicide note was found. 'The cause of death is hanging and the final manner of death is suicide,' Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Us magazine, adding that Armstrong 'was last known to be alive the 12th, Friday. It was the last time the roommate had a conversation with him.' The L.A. Coroner's Office said on Wednesday that a toxicology test is pending. 'Taylor Armstrong is devastated at the tragic events that have unfolded,' her spokesperson said in a press statement. 'She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter.' Taylor Armstrong, 40, had filed for divorce a month earlier, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking legal and primary physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Kennedy. She also claimed that her husband had abused her physically and verbally. At the time, he did not comment on her accusations. He and Taylor Armstrong married in 2005 and are said to have separated about two months ago. Their troubled relationship was documented on the first season of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' which aired in 2010. The second season of the Bravo reality show is scheduled to debut on September 5. 'My condolences go out to the Armstrong family,' Dana Wilkey, who just joined the cast and is set to make her debut on the show during the upcoming season, said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com. '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.' A Bravo statement posted on the cable network's Twitter page said: 'All of us at Bravo are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of Russell Armstrong. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Armstrong family at this difficult time.' Camille Grammer, who starred on the show's debut season and who is the ex-wife of 'Frasier' actor Kelsey Grammer, also expressed her condolences. 'My sympathy and condolences go out to Taylor and Kennedy,' she Tweeted. 'My thoughts and prayers are with them.' Cast member Lisa Vanderpump expressed her condolences through her Pomeranian, Giggy's Twitter account writing, 'A very sad time...I look at life a little differently today..my heart aches for @TaylorArmstrong.' Russell Armstrong worked as an investment Banker and venture capitalist and was the founding managing director of Crescent Financial Partners. He filed for bankruptcy in 2005, records show, and in July of this year, he and Taylor Armstrong were sued for more than $1.5 million by MyMedicalRecords.com for alleged breach of contract. The firm accused the couple of pocketing some $1 million from people who had invested in a company called NuWay Digital Systems, claiming that the pair misused the funds to 'live a lavish lifestyle.' Russell Armstrong's lawyer has denied any wrongdoing by his client, according to People magazine. (Pictured: Taylor Armstrong and her husband Russell Armstrong appear in this photo posted on her Facebook page on Nov. 26, 2010.) (facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Armstrong)

August 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bravo plans to re-edit "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" after the recent death of the husband of one of the housewives.

Network president Frances Berwick said it's not decided yet whether the original premiere date will be changed but he did confirm that the network is in the process of re-editing the show. However, Berwick did not specify exactly how the show would change.

The second season of the reality show that chronicles the lavish lifestyles of six Beverly Hills women is set to premiere Sept. 5.

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of TV housewife Taylor Armstrong, was found dead Monday of hanging. No suicide note was found.

The couple's relationship troubles served as the main storyline of the show's first season.

The un-edited original season premiere episode filmed months ago shows Taylor Armstrong crying, telling the other housewives that she and her husband were getting counseling. She was also shown shopping for lingerie to help spice up the marriage. A tape of the episode was provided to press last week.

Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce on July 15. Russell Armstrong had yet to respond to her petition.

Russell Armstrong was an investment banker and founder of Crescent Financial Partners.

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