Friends of Suicide Victim Say Reality Show May Have Played a Part in His Death

Aug 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Friends of Russell Armstrong, who was found dead Monday night in an apparent suicide, are pointing to the stresses of Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" as possibly contributing to his death, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"The TV show put a lot of pressure on him to produce financially. You’re on a show with a couple like the Maloofs, who are verifiable billionaires, and you’re not," William Ratner, a friend, said. He was referring to Adrienne Maloof, whose family owns Las Vegas’ Palms casino resort.

Armstrong, 47, apparently wasn’t as wealthy as the show presented, the piece notes. He had $12 million in debts garnered during the tech bust and was recently sued, along with his wife, for allegedly taking investors’ money to redecorate a mansion, the story notes. His wife, Taylor Armstrong, filed for divorce in July, and he had been staying with a friend.

The second season of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has been scheduled to debut Sept. 5, although Bravo said a decision is pending as to whether the season will be delayed or the episodes re-edited, the story notes.

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