Very sad news to report, Russell Armstrong, the husband of Taylor Armstrong one of the stars of Bravo TV’s hit show, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was found dead last night of a suspected suicide.
Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce from Russell last month. In the last couple of weeks, reports have surfaced that Russell had physically abused Taylor during their marriage. This news was especially surprising as Taylor had fashioned herself during the first season of RHOBH as a “victims’ rights advocate.” (There were murky suggestions that she may have suffered abuse as a child).
The second season of RHOBH, due to premiere in September, was said to include the Armstrongs attending counseling in an attempt to save their marriage. It was very apparent during the first season of the show that Taylor was not happy in the marriage. Russell seemed much more preoccupied with his business than Taylor. (It has since been revealed that the couple is in serious debt). They also clashed on issues relating to their 4-year-old daughter, Kennedy.
It is a strange function of reality TV that we viewers often come to feel we really know the “characters” on our screen. Personally, I never cared for Taylor and many other viewers felt the same. In a show that focused almost as much on the husbands of the ladies as the housewives themselves, Russell was far from a fan favorite. He was called “odd” among many more ugly pejoratives on fan message boards. In hindsight, he appears to be a man very much in pain who probably didn’t belong on reality TV.
One of the saddest aspects of this tragedy is the children left behind. In addition, to Kennedy, Russell apparently had other children. They will have to live with the reality of their father’s suicide for the rest of their lives. Heartbreaking stuff indeed.