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The 47 year-old venture capitalist committed suicide by hanging himself with an electrical cord last Monday, a month after his wife filed for divorce citing verbal and physical abuse.

Armstrong also was facing huge financial problems and his mother said this week that her son feared the new season was going to “crucify” him.

The original second season opener, which was given in advance to TV journalists, had Taylor Armstrong talking about being in marriage counseling and shopping for sexy underwear in a bid to improve their relationship.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills features the lives of six wealthy women and is one of the most popular of the drama-filled Real Housewives franchises.

Armstrong’s suicide stunned Hollywood, and claims by friends and family members that his suicide was prompted partly by the pressure of being on the show have only attracted more interest in the new season.

To end on a pleasant note, Golden Girls actress Betty White apparently has the Midas touch.

White, 89, is both the most popular and most trusted celebrity with Americans and the person most likely to drive up the business of a brand she might choose to endorse, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

But the Reuters/Ipsos poll suggested that companies should stay away from Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen if they want to promote their products.

The socialite reality TV actress and the fired Two and A Half Men star topped the list of the most unpopular and least trusted personalities and were deemed most likely to damage any brands they choose to support.

White, the only surviving member of the key cast members of TV’s Golden Girls 1980s comedy, has enjoyed a career resurgence in the last few years as a saucy senior in films like The Proposal and the TV show Hot in Cleveland.

White scored an 86 percent favorable opinion in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, beating Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock and Clint Eastwood in the survey of the 100 most popular personalities.

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