Here is the statement that Kandi Burruss has released regarding AJ’s death. At the age of 34, he died of massive head injuries from a fight in the Body Tap parking lot in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that homicide detectives have arrested Fredrick Richardson and charged him with voluntary manslaughter.
I was all choked up when I heard about this. Real Housewives of Atlanta is one of my guilty pleasures and Kandi’s the nicest one on the show, so I’ll take her advice from the statement below:
KANDI BURRUSS STATEMENT
ON THE DEATH OF ASHLEY “AJ” JEWELL
I am devastated by the loss of AJ. His death comes on the heels of the death of my beloved Uncle Ralph and with both of them gone, my heart is heavy with grief. I had spoken to AJ two hours before I got the call that he was in the hospital. Never in a thousand years did I think it was going to be the last time I heard his voice. He was taken way too soon. There are so many things that I should have said to him, wanted to say to him… But now it’s too late.
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of my family and friends — and that means my twitter and facebook friends as well — for the beautiful words of encouragement, prayers, and the sweet condolences. I make it through these difficult days because of you. I know this is cliché’ but I urge everyone to treat each day as if it’s your last and tell that special someone you love them today. Don’t wait. It may be too late.
Please pray for his children, his family and Riley – they too are grieving the loss of an incredible man, son, brother and father. I wish you all had gotten to know the AJ we all knew and loved.
And prior to this statement, I received this from her publicist Tresa:
Statement From TreMedia On Behalf Of Kandi Burruss On The Death Of Ashley “AJ” Jewell
As has been reported, Ashley Jewell, 34, was killed in Atlanta last night. AJ, as he is known to many and Grammy award winning songwriter, Kandi Burruss of Real House Wives of Atlanta and formerly of platinum recording group Xscape, were engaged to be married. Kandi is devastated as she is also mourning the death of her uncle, Ralph Leslie, and is attending his funeral today. She has no statement to make at this time and asks for privacy. There are no final details on the death of AJ.