Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong has been found dead at his home on Mullholland Drive - he was 47-years-old. The businessman and estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong was found hanging in his bedroom, according to sources who spoke with

Los Angeles City Fire Department arrived at the home and pronounced Russell dead at around 8.16pm on Monday evening (15th August 2011), with an insider claiming Armstrong's roommate found his body and immediately called 911. It is understood that authorities did not find a suicide note at the scene. Reality star Taylor filed for divorce from Russell last month, claiming he had physically abused her throughout their relationship. She was informed of her husband's death by authorities yesterday evening. The couple, who had been married for six years, had one daughter together, 5-year old Kennedy. Taylor gave a less than flattering portrait of her husband during the first season of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'.

It is currently unclear whether Russell appears in the forthcoming second season of the reality show which hits screens on 5th September, or whether producers will choose to cut his scenes in the wake of his death.