Kyle Richards’ best friend Lorene Shea has died of mental illness

Kyle Richards announced on Saturday that her best friend Lorene Shea died on May 1 after a battle with mental illness. She was 52 years old.

“I never imagined I would post something like this…she’s my best friend Lorene…my best friend since I was 7. My other half,” the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” captioned a series of photos on Instagram of the couple children and adults.

Richards, 53, wrote that she and Shea ‘talk every day’ and ‘do everything together’, from losing their baby teeth in elementary school to having babies of their own.

“She was kind, caring, funny, smart, beautiful, sentimental… The most important thing in the world for her was to be a good mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend (dog mom too)”, she continued.

The Bravolebrity told her 3.8 million social media followers that “not too long ago” Shea “began to suffer from debilitating depression”.

“She was always a happy person. How did this happen?” she wrote. “Everyone who loved her rallied around her and did everything in their power to get her help. But the system is broken. The system made it impossible to get the help she needed. need. Last Sunday we lost Lorene. The system failed her! The system failed her loved ones who are now in unbearable pain.

Kyle Richards and Lorene Shea as children.
They became friends in elementary school.
Instagram/@kylerichards18

Richards vowed to “do whatever it takes to try to help change the laws in place that prevent people from getting the help they need”.

She concluded her post, “I love you Lorene 💔 🙏 Rest In Peace Please keep her and her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers,” adding various mental health hashtags.

The “Halloween” actress and “RHOBH” co-star’s half-sister Kathy Hilton wrote in the comments section that she was “speechless” over the loss.

Kyle Richards and Lorene Shea in their twenties.
Richards’ “RHOBH” co-stars sent love to her and Shea’s family.
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“I loved him very much, such a sweet and happy person. I just can’t believe it,” Hilton, 63, added. “I know how lost you feel [sic] right now, just know what a wonderful friend and sister you were to her and she will always be with you. She will be your guardian angel. I love you so much and it breaks my heart to see you suffer. All you can do is be there for children and family and pray. 🙏😇❤️.”

“Real Housewives” including Cynthia Bailey, Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Garcelle Beauvais and Crystal Kung Minkoff also sent their love.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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