A funeral for Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of a “Real Housewives of Beverley Hills” personality who committed suicide last week, was held Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The business man’s estranged wife Taylor Armstrong reportedly delivered the eulogy, saying, “People didn’t know the Russell I knew.” She filed for divorce last month.
Armstrong was found dead of an apparent suicide Aug. 15 in his Mulholland Drive home. The couple’s rocky relationship played out in front of Bravo’s cameras and was supposed to be a major component of the show’s second season. The network is planning to re-edit the “Housewives” footage in light of his death.
Also in attendance were fellow “Housewives” stars Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof, according to People. Bravo did not film the funeral, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Armstrong’s cremated remains will be divided between Taylor Armstrong and his family in Texas, his attorney told the magazine. A second memorial service will be held in the Lone Star State in September.
Armstrong’s untimely death raised many questions and concerns about the well-being of people who expose their lives on reality television, an idea Celebritology’s Jen Chaney explored. While noting that we’ll never know the cause of Armstrong’s suicide for sure, Chaney wrote, “common sense and the echo of Russell Armstrong’s words — “we were pushed to extremes” — suggest that the glare of the spotlight, especially on those who, unlike actors, politicians or pop stars, haven’t prepared for years to cope with it, can be too much.”
Read more about Armstrong’s death from the Washington Post: