More sad details are being revealed surrounding Russell Armstrong’s death. Armstrong, the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” committed suicide on Monday evening.
Armstrong, an investor, had hit hock bottom prior to his death. He filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, was being sued, and was about to divorce wife Taylor.
Armstrong’s friend, Russ McCullough, who has appeared on the show, said he recently caught up with Armstrong and Armstrong confessed that “This is as bad as it gets.”
Armstrong reportedly couldn’t afford to pay for his meal and confessed his fears over being portrayed so negatively on the show.
TMZ says that McCullough offered him a Xanax pill, a prescription anti-anxiety medication, to help Armstrong relax.
Apparently, just three days before his own death, Armstrong called McCullough and asked for a “full bottle” of Xanax, but McCullough refused knowing that there was a possibility of substance abuse.
Russ, like everyone else, did not think Armstrong would turn to suicide and did not ask him to seek help. As has been widely reported, Armstrong was found to have hung himself, no drugs or alcohol were found at the scene.
In related news, Taylor Armstrong who had lately begun speaking to Russell again is battling with his parents of where Russell’s body will be laid to rest.
Sources tell TMZ that Taylor is planning a memorial and a burial for Russell in Los Angeles, but that’s not what his parents want. Russell’s attorney Ron Richards says his formers client’s parents want their sons body returned to Texas for cremation.
The couple filed for divorce a month ago, but had recently begun contact again. However, the attorney says he believes Russell would have wanted to be cremated.
His attorney tells OK magazine, “Taylor wants to plan the memorial for Russell, after all, they were married. I know that Russell’s mother wants to take his body back to Texas and have him buried though — but, that will be for Taylor and Russell’s mom to figure out.”
Many are saying that the show, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is to blame for his poor emotional state prior to his death. While the show chronicled Taylor and Russell’s martial woes, the Armstrong family is considering filing a lawsuit against Bravo for contributing to Russell’s emotional state that led to his suicide.
In an interview with People just weeks ago, Armstrong admitted that the show caused problems for his real life, “it got really overwhelming. When you get a TV show involved, and all the pressure – it just takes it to a whole new level…We were pushed to extremes.”