Russell Armstrong was reportedly taking anti-depressants for months to control his anger issues. Two weeks before his suicide, Armstrong stopped taking the medication.
A source close to the situation told Radaronline.com, “Russell had been doing so well when he was on the anti-depressants. He was prescribed the meds to control his rage issues. Russell stopped taking the meds two weeks before his suicide.”
Armstrong was on the meds for several months, and after he decided to stop taking them, Taylor encouraged him to stay on the anti-depressants.
“Taylor was very supportive of him taking the meds. All of a sudden about two weeks ago, Russell stopped taking the meds though," the insider says.
Ed Winter, Assistant Coroner for Los Angeles says: "No medication bottles for Mr. Armstrong were recovered from the scene."
Armstrong is set to have two memorial services. Because of the tense relationship between Taylor and Russell’s family, there’s been some conflict in planning his funeral. So both sides will hold two separate services.
Ronald Richards, Armstrong’s attorney, says that the first service will take place in California. The second will take place in Texas.
Meanwhile, Bravo is reportedly reediting the first episode, as most of it was centered around Taylor and Russell’s failing marriage. And while Armstrong’s lawyer has publicly blamed the show for his mental breakdown, Armstrong himself called the show “bullsh-t.”
In an interview he did with TheFix.com, Russell said, “Everything you see on that show is bullsh-t. Those Bravo bast-rds take every little argument out of context and magnify it for the cameras.”
But Armstrong’s family insists the show had a profound impact on Russell’s mental health. His mom said last week that Russell had told her, “Mom, they’re just going to crucify me this season. I don’t know what to do. I’ll never survive it.”
Bravo is keeping pretty quiet on their plans for the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hill. They could, of course, play up Camilla’s publicly struggling marriage with Kelsey Grammer. But really, anything along those lines just seem in bad taste now. I guess there’s always Lisa Vanderpump’s lazy houseguest.
Or, here’s an idea. Stop making so many drama-filled reality shows that exploit people’s tragedies. Say what you will about Jersey Shore, but the worst thing that ever happens on that show is Snooki falling down the stairs.