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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' to go forward

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong was found dead on Aug. 15 in his Los Angeles home, apparently from suicide. He was 47. Newsday's obituary for Russell Armstrong
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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has an official launch date for the second season -- Sept. 5 -- although it's unclear whether any footage of Russell Armstrong, who committed suicide in mid-August, will be incorporated. Here's the full statement from Bravo: 

“Bravo will proceed with the Monday, Sept. 5 premiere date of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’” confirmed Frances Berwick, president, Bravo Media. "Given that these episodes were filmed months ago, the producers of the show taped a brief interview this week with several of the cast members to introduce the premiere. Re-editing of the episodes is still under way." Berwick added, "Bravo has partnered with the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The network will air various PSA’s during the ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ We will also provide additional information and resources on, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline." "Our thoughts continue to be with the Armstrong family during this difficult time,” said Berwick.

By not exactly addressing Armstrong's death, it's probably safe to surmise that he'll be incorporated into the season in some fashion, though what fashion that might be is inconceivable -- since this is unprecedented. Venture capitalist Armstrong -- husband of Taylor -- killed himself in mid-August a few weeks after the couple separated.


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