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Beverly Hills Housewives Talk About Russell Armstrong Suicide In New Season Premiere

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Sep. 6 2011, Updated 10:30 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

In somber tones and with eyes welling up with tears, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars began the season premiere episode Monday night by sharing their thoughts about Russell Armstrong's suicide death.

Sometime speaking directly to the camera and at other time, addressing each other, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Camille Grammer and Lisa Vanderpump talked about the tragic death of their castmate Taylor Armstrong's husband last month.

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Taylor had filed for divorce just days before Russell hanged himself at their home. Since then, as RadarOnline.com has been reporting, the fact that the couple was in a desperate financial situation has come to light.

"I don't think she (Taylor) was aware of the financial mess they were in," Lisa Vanderpump offered during the special four-minute segment.

Russell's death, said Adrienne Maloof, "has affected so many people and it is heart breaking."

Added Lisa of Taylor, "She needs our support more than ever."

The show then picked up with its planned season premiere episode, but without any scenes including Russell.

Bravo had announced that Russell has been edited out of at least the first few episodes.

Producers of the show have vowed to raise awareness of suicide prevention by airing various PSAs throughout the season.

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