Real Housewives Husband Dead; Is Reality TV to Blame? 1

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Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Beverly Hills housewife Taylor Armstrong, was found dead in his home, adding a grisly chapter to the reality show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Armstrong’s divorce drama had been playing out on the Bravo reality series, one of a string of shows that feature the daily lives of so-called housewives from New York, Atlanta, Orange County and Washington, D.C.

It’s unknown, at the moment, whether, or how much, the harsh glare of publicity from the show factored into Armstrong’s death.

But there is no question that the public airing of the family’s dirty laundry on television must have upped the pressure of the marital split.

Russell complained about the stress the television show was causing. “This show has literally pushed us to the limit,” he said in an interview earlier this year.

Taylor Armstrong recently went public with serious allegations of marital abuse. Whether they where hyped for publicity is unknown.

Sources told gossip site TMZ that Armstrong, 47, hanged himself in his bedroom in his up-scale Mulholland Drive home.

He was pronounced dead at 8:16 PM Monday. Sources say a roommate found Russell and called 911, the Web site reported.

Authorities apparently have yet to find a suicide note.

Taylor filed for divorce last month to end their six-year marriage, after she claimed Russell physically abused her.

“I’m mad at myself for tolerating things I should not have tolerated from the first moment,” she told People. “Allowing this to happen in my own relationship was something I felt very ashamed of.”

Russell admitted getting physical with his wife at times.

“Did I push her? Yes, maybe things happened in the heat of the moment, but it was during a time in our lives that were not characteristic of who we were.”

The reality show didn’t shy away from broadcasting details of the break up.

Russell was criticized for being too busy with work to spend time with Taylor, who often cried about her loneliness to the other cast members.

In May, they got couples’ counseling, and denied they were splitting.

He leaves behind his daughter Kennedy, 5.

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