Kim Richards bid a final farewell to ex-husband Monty Brinson over the weekend. On Sunday members of the former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s family confirmed via Instagram that Monty had died. He was 58 years old when he succumbed to his ailment, which he’d been fighting for many years.
As was reported by E! Online, Rick Hilton, Kim’s brother-in-law, announced on the photo-sharing service that Monty had lost his battle with cancer. He went on to say that the father-of-one would be remembered for his large heart and “was loved by all he met.” Kim, 52, has since spoken out as well, thanking her fans for sending love and prayers to her and Monty in his final hours. Since then several members of the family, including niece Paris Hilton, have taken to Twitter and Instagram to express their sadness over Monty's passing.
Hi Everyone...__I've missed U all.. Thank you for all the Love❤️ and Prayers__ for Monty! Your messages touch my heart ❤️ XO KIM❤️__
— Kim Richards (@KimRichards11) January 22, 2016
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) January 25, 2016
Monty shared a few final Instagram posts before his passing, assuring fans that no matter the outcome he would be OK. He told his more than 12,000 followers that he was aware he was “facing death eye to eye,” but wasn’t afraid. He referred to his situation as a “journey,” adding that he was hopeful his openness about the severity of his condition would help others with similar battles to fight.
What a beautiful day January Wednesday the 20th 2016. Yesterday was such a uplifting day which I will be sharing with you later on. It was magical even though I'm facing death eye to eye which instead of being being scared or pity I'm imbracing it as I go forward with this journey. I pray my journey helps others in what lays ahead of them through their struggles. Then it's all worth the pain which y'all make easier on me each day. What if like to accomplish is to take away all your pain and make life easier on yourself. I got the strength to fight it for all of us and I'm damn well going to try to make your life uplifting if if I can. Remember if you don't believe you won't receive, well I BELIEVE. Today is going to be another great day no matter the pain keep throwing it at me I can take it nor will will I let it over come my life. Beautiful day to all as always and much love Monty #believe #love #thankful #blessed #thankful #life #happiness I love life and making people happy. Thank each of y'all for making me happy now go out and smile to make this a brighter world
It is not clear exactly when Monty was diagnosed with cancer. In November 2014 WetPaint reported that Kim was struggling to cope with her ex’s diagnosis. As the article notes, although she and Monty were only married a short time before getting divorced they remained close. The publication reported that Kim had moved Monty into her home in an effort to provide round the clock care. This played out during Season 5 of “RHOBH,” with Monty making several brief appearances on the show.