Monday, October 5, 2009
Ashley "A.J." Jewell, ex-fiance of Real Housewife Kandi Burruss, died Friday night of injuries allegedly resulting from a fistfight outside a popular Atlanta strip club of which he was reportedly part-owner. A.J. was engaged to Kandi, an award-winning songwriter and the newest cast member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, until last August and has appeared occasionally on the show. He will likely appear again in pre-recorded episodes that have yet to air, even though the audience will know that he has died.
Several people witnessed the fight between A.J. and his opponent, Fredrick Richardson. Richardson is currently hospitalized for injuries sustained from the fight. He was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter. He will be transferred to Fulton County jail upon discharge from the hospital.
A.J.'s death happened on the heels of the recent tragic death of Derrion Albert, a Chicago teenager who was beaten savagely by a handful of teenagers as others watched. He also died of his injuries. Arrests have been made in that case.
Our condolences to the families in both cases.