Russell Armstrong’s Lawyer: He Didn’t Seem Depressed

Russell Armstrong

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updated 08/16/2011 AT 12:25 PM ET

originally published 08/16/2011 AT 2:30 PM ET

Russell Armstrong’s attorney is stunned over his client’s apparent suicide on Monday night – mainly because, he says, Russell didn’t seem depressed.

“I’m very shocked by this,” Ronald Richards tells PEOPLE. “Besides being upset about his divorce and its effect on his kids, he didn’t show any outward signs of depression.”

The marital troubles between Armstrong, 47, and his wife Taylor, 40, were documented on the first season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, on which she stars. At the time of his death, Russell was in the middle of divorce proceedings and was being sued for more than $1.5 million for misusing funds and breach of contract by


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