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Image I'm shocked to hear Russell Armstrong, Taylor's husband from the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" committed suicide. His body was found Monday evening.

RHOBH is one of my favorite, guilty pleasures. I watched it every Thursday. The first season blew me away. It was such a treat watching Taylor and her cast mates: sisters Kim and Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Lisa Vanderpump, and last but certainly not least Camille Grammer.

My observation from the show was Russell was very business-like, direct, and a man of few words. He didn't look really uncomfortable in front of the camera.

Taylor is a part of the cast - but her whole family is a part of the show, for better or worse.

Critics say reality-tv is far from real - it's all staged. And maybe they are right. But that still doesn't stop me from watching just about any program on Bravo TV. We welcome these luxurious ladies into our homes every week and feel connected to them in some way.

On a positive note, these housewives get a platform to be entrepreneurs (if they're not already), walk the red carpet, and flaunt their fabulous lifestyle that most of us can only imagine.

But the downside of new-found fame is the constant scrutiny. The successful, Housewives franchise has not been immune from death, divorce, and bankruptcy. The characters we love/hate often face these circumstances in front of our eyes.

I read in a USAToday article, Russell, the deceased had financial problems and his estranged spouse just filed for divorce last month. I'm pretty sure being thrust into the limelight did not help the situation.

My heart goes out to the Armstrong family in this tragic time.

I'm curious to know from you Advocate readers. Would you do a reality-tv show if you had the chance?

Here are some related stories to Russell's untimely death. "Russell Armstrong Death: Is Divorce From Taylor Armstrong To Blame?" by Huffington Post

Did 'Real Housewives' play a role in Russell Armstrong's death? by LA Times