‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ will address Russell Armstrong’s suicide
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The suicide of Russell Armstrong will be the subject of a Bravo special reportedly taped Monday with ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ cast members Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Adrenne Maloof and Kyle and Kim Richards sitting down to discuss the recent events.
Word of the Bravo special came Monday, a day before the 911 call made after Armstrong’s body was found went public via TMZ and less than a week after the first of two funerals was held for the estranged husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star Taylor Armstrong.
Taylor, 40, was not present at the taping, a show insider told Show Tracker, which also reported that the premiere episode has been reedited and is still on the books to air Sept. 5. The original version included footage of Taylor shopping for lingerie to spice up her troubled marriage to Russell, and getting emotional over marriage counseling.
Russell Armstrong’s body was found Aug. 15; the 47-year-old had hanged himself in a bedroom at a friend’s home where he’d been staying since he and Taylor separated. She filed for divorce in July.
Taylor Armstrong can be heard crying in the background during the 911 call, made by a friend who’d accompanied her and her daughter to check on Russell after he hadn’t responded to calls or texts for three days.
With police on the way to the house on Mulholland Drive, the friend delivered details to the 911 operator, comforted Taylor and directed another person on the scene to get 5-year-old Kennedy away from the drama.
The first funeral sevice for Armstrong was held last Tuesday at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles, with Lisa Vanderpump, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, Dr. Paul Nassif, Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer among those in attendance. Still reportedly wearing her wedding ring, Taylor Armstrong delivered a eulogy, saying, ‘People didn’t know the Russell I knew.’
A second service will be held for the Dallas native early in September in Texas, according to People. His ashes will be divided between his estranged wife and his family in Texas, said attorney Ronald Richards. ‘They have a family cemetery there.’
A guest list was strictly enforced and no photos were allowed at the private service, which ET said Bravo did not film.
-- Christie D’Zurilla