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Real Suicides of Beverly Hills

Posted on | August 16, 2011 | 11 Comments

Russell Armstrong, whose wife Taylor was a star of the Bravo network reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, apparently committed suicide Monday, reportedly hanging himself in the bedroom of his lavish home on Mulholland Drive. He was 47 years old.

Armstrong’s wife filed for divorce last month, accusing him of abuse. The Associated Press did a video interview last week with two of Brooke’s co-stars:

Imagine the trauma of having your divorce become a plot-point for a reality show. Life is hard enough without having your personal humiliation serve as primetime ratings fodder for a cable network. Perhaps now Taylor Armstrong can get a new series: Real Widows of Beverly Hills.


11 Responses to “Real Suicides of Beverly Hills”

  1. Anonymous
    August 17th, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    I watch the show.  Yeah I know should not be watching…but I do.  He was a dick… sorry.

  2. BruceC
    August 17th, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    Just another example of how the amoral culture is bankrupting our lives.

  3. Adjoran
    August 17th, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    Never watched the show or had any interest in the “stars.”  I also believe the last interesting Kardashian is the dead lawyer.

    My condolences to the man’s family and friends.  No matter how bad things are or how flawed a person is, they are never beyond redemption if they will only reach for it.

    The little I know reminds me of Edward Arlington Robinson’s character sketch:

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,We people on the pavement looked at him:He was a gentleman from sole to crown,Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked;But still he fluttered pulses when he said,”Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –And admirably schooled in every grace:In fine, we thought that he was everythingTo make us wish that we were in his place.

    So on we worked, and waited for the light,And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,Went home and put a bullet through his head.

  4. McGehee
    August 17th, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    For the man and his loved ones, sympathy and condolences.

    To the would-be ex-wife who has become a widow, “Fools’ names and fools’ faces oft turn up in public places.”

  5. Dianna Deeley
    August 17th, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    Dreadful. Just dreadful.

  6. Anonymous
    August 17th, 2011 @ 3:54 am

    What a depressing tale.

  7. ThePaganTemple
    August 17th, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    Well the ratings of that show will go through the roof.

  8. MrPaulRevere
    August 17th, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    Souless vapid ghouls, the lot of them; completely corrupted by a morally bankrupt culture.

  9. Anonymous
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Oh, apparently Bravo is going to air the marriage counseling sessions they went through as episodes on the show. What kind of ghoul can sit there and watch that, knowing that they failed and the guy killed himself?

    “Boys, this town needs an enema!” 

  10. Anonymous
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Or Kipling’s An Old Song:

    “So long as Lust or Lucre tempt
    Straight riders from the course,
    So long as with each drink we pour
    Black brewage of Remorse,
    So long as those unloaded guns
    We keep beside the bed,
    Blow off, by obvious accident,
    The lucky owner’s head,
    If you love me as I love you
    What can Life kill or Death undo?”

  11. ThePaganTemple
    August 17th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Yep. Like I said, the ratings will go through the roof. There will be all kinds of pundits on all the morning network and cable news shows who will be, er, “criticizing” Bravo for this, what is basically a business decision, and a no-brainer one at that. And of course, all kinds of people will tune in, just as they intended.