Taylor Armstrong has told her closest friend she does not blame Brave or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills show for Russell Armstrong’s suicide. He killed himself due to ongoing financial pressure, she said.
A memorial service was held yesterday for Russell Armstrong at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. It was attended by, among other people, fellow housewives, Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards. They were both there to support Taylor, who also arranged the service for her estranged husband.
Taylor Armstrong told friends, “Russell’s suicide wasn’t caused by the show or Bravo. Russell just simply cracked over ongoing legal and financial issues. The show bears no responsibility for his death, neither does the network.”
As we told you yesterday, Russell suddenly stopped taking his anti-depressant medication two weeks before he hanged himself at the home of a friend. He is also alleged to have beaten his estranged wife Taylor just the day before he took his own life.
The second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is scheduled to premiere on September 5. A Bravo insider said this date is still the expected premiere date, although the network is currently editing the footage they shot of Russell Armstrong.
It’s not yet known how the show will be edited. Russell Armstrong’s family threatened to sue if he was shown at all. However, since a large part of what was filmed for this new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills revolved around the marriage counseling of Russell and Taylor Armstrong.
Bravo has vowed to handle Russell Armstrong’s suicide sensitively. They want to be respectful to him and to Taylor’s grief. It’s an unenviable task but we’ll all see how well the network did in the new season premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on September 5.