Video: Did Reality TV Kill Russell Armstrong?

By Will Godfrey 08/25/11

Fix Editor-in-Chief Maer Roshan appeared on CNN Thursday night to discuss the suicide of the controversial Real Housewive's star.

Fix Editor-in-Chief Maer Roshan appeared on CNN Headline News last night, to discuss Russell Armstrong's suicide. On Monday The Fix published an exclusive interview by Roshan with the much-maligned Real Housewives husband, an alleged wife beater and one-time financial felon who became a passionate advocate for recovery in recent years. Armstrong, the child of an alcoholic father who supported his sister through her meth addiction, and quietly paid for the treatment of several other addicts, approached Roshan about investing in The Fix just six weeks before his his death. On the show, Roshan pointed out that while Armstrong may have been no saint, reality T.V. doesn't always encourage good behavior, noting that many mshows ply their subjects with alcohol and radically edit  segments to achieve maximum drama.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.