Ashley Jewell, the onetime fiancé of Kandi Burruss, a castmember of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, has died from an injury sustained during a brawl in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip club.
“It appears he was involved in an altercation in the parking lot and he received a severe blow to the head,” Atlanta Police Lt. Keith Meadows told WSB TV 2. Jewell, who apparently worked at the club, was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Atlanta homicide detectives arrested a suspect on Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Fredrick Richardson, who was also hospitalized for injuries from the fight, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and will be jailed upon his release from Grady Memorial Hospital.
The victim, known as A.J., appeared regularly on the hit reality show, often clashing with Burruss’s mother, who disapproved of her daughter’s relationship. He and Burrus ended their engagement earlier this year.
Burruss reacted to the death with the following messages on her Twitter page:
• im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone.
• I could never n a million years imagine this happening. please pray for AJ’s children. that’s who im the most concerned 4.
• im bout 2 giv my swollen eyes sum rest now. i just wanted to say thanks 2 every1 for their prayers. i gotta get up & go 2 my uncle’s funeral
Burruss’s publicist Lisa Nelson told the Atlanta TV station that Burruss, 33, a singer-songwriter who recorded with the band Xscape and worked with TLC and Mariah Carey, was “stunned and speechless” when told the news.
Police said they have not determined a motive for the brawl, but the investigation is still under way.
“We have developed a person of interest and we’ve made contact with him to question him about the incident,” said Lt. Meadows.
NeNe Leakes, Burruss’s sometime rival on RHOA, also took to Twitter: “RIP AJ from the real housewives of Atlanta! My thoughts & prayers r with Kandi, his children & family”
Costar Kim Zolciak tweeted the following message: “please Pray for my dear friend Kandi and her loss.I adored AJ and he will be misssed dearly”