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Bravo Denies Explosive Real Housewives Claim

In what is already one of several such allegations, a friend of apparent suicide victim Russell Armstrong has told the LA Times that the estranged husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong requested not to be filmed for the final portions of the second season, which is scheduled to debut next month.

In the Wednesday article by Amy Kaufman and Yvonne Villarreal, acquaintance William Ratner claims the deceased 47-year-old was told something not altogether surprising when he expressed his desire to be off-camera:

“He said the producers at Bravo told Russell and Taylor that they picked them as the ‘disaster couple,’ and if they weren’t going to have drama in the second season, they would cut them and replace them with someone else.”

Asked to respond to Ratner’s assertions, a Bravo representative said “Production has assured us that there is no truth to these claims.”

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Husband Dead of Apparent Suicide

Russell Armstrong was found dead Monday evening at his home on Mulholland Drive. The cause of death was hanging, and is being treated as a suicide.

The 47-year-old venture capitalist was the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong, star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The dissolution of their marriage is said to be a central plot point in the upcoming season of the show. The couple have a 5-year-old daughter.

In July, shortly after the couple filed for divorce, Russell told People magazine, “This show has literally pushed us to the limit.” Russell Armstrong’s suicide will likely stir debate about the ethics of putting the personal lives of emotionally unstable individuals in the national spotlight.