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A Look Inside The Family Life Of The Late Russell Armstrong


Aug. 16 2011, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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In the wake of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong's suicide, we're taking a look back at the troubled businessman's family roots, as he tragically leaves three children behind.

The 47-year-old Armstrong, who coroner officials said hanged himself at a friend’s Los Angeles home Monday night, is survived by wife Taylor and his three kids: son Aiden, 13 (with ex-wife Barbara Fredrickson); son Griffin, 11 (with former fiancée Milette Fields); and daughter Kennedy, 4 (with Taylor).

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Armstrong, an investment banker and venture capitalist at the time of his death, married Fredrickson in 1996. After they split, he found love with a woman who’d go onto to become his fiancée, Milette Fields. Following their split, he married Armstrong in 2003, and the couple's ups-and-downs were well-documented on the Bravo reality show.

"It's a work in progress," Taylor said of their marriage in 2010. "We're doing the best we can, and really focusing on our family."

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At the time of his death, the couple was going through divorce proceedings, buoyed by Taylor's claims Russell had physically abused her -- something both of his exes were skeptical of, when contacted by our friends at Star earlier this month.

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Fredrickson called Taylor "a complete gold digger" and suggested Taylor trumped up phony charges to make headlines; Fields said that Taylor was woefully selfish and never showed any interest in either of Armstrong's sons from prior relationships.



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