Monty Brinson, ex-husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards, died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer.
He was 58. A source close to Brinson confirmed to ET that he passed away in a medical facility, surrounded by his family.
While Brinson had been fighting his illness for a long time, the source tells ET he seemed to be improving just days ago.
“It was important to him to be an inspiration to others fighting cancer, he was fighting til the end,” the source said. “We are all in a fog. It doesn’t seem real yet.”
Brinson and Richards were married for three years, from 1985 to 1989, and welcomed their daughter, Brooke, in 1989.
After their divorce, the former couple remained close friends. Richards reportedly spent a lot of time with Brinson in his final weeks, gathered with his family around his hospital bed at an assisted living facility.