Sister of Real Housewives Husband Speaks Out About His Suicide
INSIDE EDITION talks exclusively with Russell Armstrong's sister about his suicide and way she says he was portrayed on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong is following her estranged husband's wishes for his final resting place.
Reports claimed that Taylor was battling Russell Armstrong's family over funeral plans, wanting to bury him in Los Angeles. But his younger sister, Laurie Kelsoe, told INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney that Taylor just agreed to send the body to Texas, where Russell grew up, for cremation.
"I think it's important that my brother be laid to rest with respect," said Kelsoe. "The last I heard, which was last last night, was that he would be coming to Texas."
McInerney asked, "What did this show do to his life?"
"It ruined it. And it eventually took it," replied Kelsoe.
McInerney asked, "Do you believe that Taylor is partly responsible for your brother committing suicide?"
"I'm not saying that she's responsible for it. But I think the lifestyle that she needed and went after, I think that was the wrong decision to make," said Kelsoe.
Russell's sister also has a bizarre story about their youth. When they were children, he accidentally shot her while playing with their dad's gun.
McInerney asked, "Do you think that incident lead to any emotional problems?"
"I think everything that we go through in our life impacts our destiny, but I do know he's gone through extensive counselling," said Kelsoe.
In recent weeks, things reportedly got so bad between Russell and Taylor, who accused him of "physical and verbal abuse" in their divorce papers, that she wound up in a hospital after he allegedly hit her and needed resconstructive surgery.
Kelsoe said, "The abuse that she's proclaiming to be, if it's shoving or what not, it's like, they've made him a monster for that. And he's not perfect, but he's so far not the character they protrayed him as."
Bravo executives reportedly held a crisis meeting with the Real Housewives cast at the mansion of star Adrienne Maloof. INSIDE EDITION caught up with co-star Lisa Vanderpump in Los Angeles.
"There's nothing I can say to make it better," said Vanderpump.
INSIDE EDITION also spoke to The Real Housewives of Orange County's Jeana Keough, who spent time with Taylor over the weekend.
"You better have your act together if you're going to be reality TV because eveyone is going to watch you, and judge you, and you have to look in, I always call it the reality TV mirror, and if you don't like what you see it can be devastating to you," said Keough.
Russell Armstrong's family is reportedly considering suing Bravo. His sister had no comment on those reports.
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