Tragic Kim Richards’ Ex-Husband Dead At 58

Friends fear it's a deadly setback for the troubled Real Housewife!

Kim Richards Ex Husband Dead

Kim Richards’ ex-husband Monty Brinson — whom she continued to rely on after their divorce in 1988 — has passed away after his long battle with cancer!

Now insiders are worried that the fragile “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” will face a relapse that’ll get her locked back in the psych ward!

Friends learned how fragile Monty had become in his fight against cancer last May, when he was unable to attend the wedding of their daughter Brooke to fast-food heir Thayer Wiederhorn.

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Just a month before, The National ENQUIRER had the scoop when former child-star Kim was arrested after a drunken brawl — and was then sentenced that August to a psych ward!

The 51-year-old former Disney cutie, who grew up to be one of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” was forced into the hospital for 72 hours by doctors who determined she posed a danger to herself or others.

What’s more, a source said Kim’s family wanted her to be put away!

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“They were at the end of their rope trying to get her help and decided to force her to get it,” a close associate of the “Escape to Witch Mountain” star told The ENQUIRER.

Kim was released after three days in lockdown, but the mother of four was soon hospitalized at another facility in Southern California.

At the time, Kim’s supporters remained hopeful for their troubled pal.

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One insider said: “Kim hit rock bottom, and is finally ready to do the work needed to get her life back on track.”

But now Kim is facing new despair with the loss of her longtime best friend!