The news that reality star Russell Armstrong from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills took his life this week has been all over the press. As more details come to light, Armstrong's family now points their finger toward the pressures of appearing on the show as one of the reasons he ended up dead. It's an odd feeling when a reality star passes away. We're more than happy to watch their everyday life, but it feels especially shocking when they die in the public eye. Though, it's not a new phenomenon by any stretch. Here are nine stars of reality television who have passed away.

Ryan Dunn - Jackass

The world was shocked when the Jackass star died earlier this year in a tragic car crash.  Though his candle was snuffed out at too young of an age, Dunn's legacy will continue to live on with the cast mates he left behind.

Billy Mays - Pitchmen

Shortly after the death of Michael Jackson, the world was dealt a double-blow when the famous salesman died of a heart attack.

Jeff Conaway - Celebrity Rehab

A severe opiate addiction eventually cost Celebrity Rehab star Jeff Conaway his life. Conaway was taken off life support while in a medically-induced coma after suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.

Mike Starr - Celebrity Rehab

Best known as the bassist from Alice In Chains, Mike Starr had appeared on television in recent years when he checked into Celebrity Rehab to fight his drug addiction. According to his roommate, he was mixing methadone and anxiety medication hours before his death.

Pedro Zamora - Real World

Pedro Zamora used reality television to educate and show the world what it means to live your life when HIV-positive. As a cast member of The Real World: San Francisco, Zamora spoke openly about his gay lifestyle and his work as an AIDS educator. Zamora's personal struggle ended when he passed one day after the final episode of The Real World: San Francisco.

Jennifer Lyon - Survivor

After finishing fourth place, Survivor: Palau contestant Jennifer Lyon tragically lost her battle with breast cancer. She blogged about her experience with the disease as well as her treatment, providing hope to others who may also become afflicted.

Ryan Jenkins - Megan Wants A Millionaire

Megan wanted a millionaire, but what she got was far more messy. Ryan Jenkins, a charming contestant on the show took his own life after murdering his ex-wife. VH1 decided to cancel both Megan Wants A Millionaire and I Love Money 3 (on which Jenkins also appeared) before they aired.

Kandice Hutchinson - Double Shot Of Love

Known as a cast member on the bisexual-themed dating show, Hutchinson died in a car crash shortly after production wrapped. Out of respect to her family, producers edited out Hutchinson's more outrageous behavior.

Joseph Cerniglia - Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon Ramsay needs to choose his words more carefully. It's okay to oppose the adding of lemon zest to a sauce recipe, but his words proved oddly prophetic when he told New Jersey chef Joseph Cerniglia that his restaurant was "about to swim down the Hudson.'  Cerniglia later committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He is the second chef to commit suicide after appearing on one of Ramsay's reality programs.