Audiences just can’t get enough of reality TV, even when they know it isn’t exactly real. There’s something about watching people in their perceived real life living and making mistakes like the rest of us that is hard to look away from. But sometimes things go horribly wrong during filming or later after the shows have aired, and sometimes those people are revealed to be not just flawed but dangers to themselves. That’s when things become all too real. Here are some examples of when tragedy struck reality TV stars who were dying for fame.
1. Julien Hug
Julien Hug was a contestant on The Bachelorette before he ended up taking his own life in 2010. His body was found in a California desert, and he had left a suicide note explaining his reasoning. “I’m sorry to have to do this to you. I love you both tremendously. You two are the best parents. I’ve suffered from severe depression for years. I feel awful and don’t know how to cope. If life’s not enjoyable, why stick around?” The reality franchise has quite the track record. Eric Hill was another Bachelorette contestant who passed away when he had a hang gliding accident, Gia Allemand and Lex McCallister from Jake Pavelka’s season of The Bachelor both committed suicide, and Erin Storm died in a plane crash.
2. Russell Armstrong
Russell Armstrong had made appearances on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when he was married to cast member Taylor. Russell ended up taking his own life and was found hanging in his bedroom in 2011. Russell was reportedly highly in debt, and stories about infidelity in their relationship were about to go public. There’s always more going on behind the scenes with people than reality TV depicts. Did the pressure and publicity of the show help push him over the edge?
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