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?


I knew something about Russell was off when he REFUSED to get rid of the dog HE bought Kennedy and she turned out to be allergic to and had to take medications because of.


It's a shame that he chose suicide rather than deal with the way he will possibly be portrayed on the show. If he was an abusive husband, his own behavior may be at fault, though. I suspected something was not right with their relationship. Taylor seemed shocked to witness a good husband in Kyle's spouse, Mauricio. As for these women trying to out do each other, what morons. Is there really a solid reason for throwing your toddler a sixty thousand plus dollar birthday party when you cannot afford it? To heck with keeping up with the Jones. Oh, well. I would never sign up for a reality show, especially if I wasn't exactly likeable and my actions on camera could later be hard to watch. There's too much scrutiny involved with fame, even Z-list fame.


Edit out Russell and anything else Taylor asks for.

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