Russell Armstrong: I'll Never Survive The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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More information has come out regarding the suicide of Russell Armstrong, including a chilling statement he allegedly made to his mother not long before hanging himself on Monday night.

In an interview on HLN, Russell's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss, tells host Jane Velez-Mitchell that her son confided in her just a couple weeks ago. Referring to his financial difficulties and allegations of abuse against his wife - all of which would be featured this fall on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - Armstrong said:

Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season... I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.

Taylor and Russell

Elsewhere: In an interview with ABC News, Ronald Richards, Armstrong’s lawyer, said the show's focus on a lavish lifestyle plunged Armstrong into debt.

“These couples join these shows, and then they keep trying to outdo each other and they end up spending all their money trying to sustain a lifestyle that’s unrealistic and wasn’t there prior to the show. The weekly social events, the dinners and all the BS, trying to pretend you have unlimited resources in Beverly Hills is tough."

As for facts/tidbits related to the tragedy, a rundown of the latest:
  • According to the coroner, Russell was dead for at least 24 hours when his body was found.
  • There are rumors that Russell beat Taylor Armstrong as recently as a month ago. She was supposedly hospitalized as a result.
  • Taylor Armstrong could be responsible for her husband's debts.
  • Bravo will NOT air Russell's funeral.

It's a mess at the network. What do you think should be done about season two?

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