Russell Armstrong: No Drugs Or Alcohol In His System At Time Of Death

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Sep. 7 2011, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Radar Reporter

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he killed himself, has learned.

Russell, 47, was found hanging in a friends home on August 15 by his estranged wife, Taylor Armstrong, and a friend.

Chief Coroner Ed Winter confirmed to that there was nothing found in Russell’s system and his death was ruled a suicide.

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Bravo premiered season two of the hit Housewives show on Monday where they opened with the women expressing their thoughts and condolences on Russell’s death.

"I don't think she Taylor was aware of the financial mess they were in," Lisa Vanderpump said. "She needs our support more than ever."

As exclusively reported, Bravo executives have decided to air footage of Taylor and Russell’s marriage counseling sessions this season.

"Bravo has made the decision to air their marriage counseling sessions. Taylor is supportive of the network airing the therapy sessions. Bravo will be looking at those sessions and doing any necessary edits if needed, given Russell's suicide,” an insider told

“Both Russell and Taylor were filmed individually during their sessions. Taylor's will definitely be airing, although it's likely that Russell's individual sessions won't be.”


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