ASHLEY "AJ" Jewell, who was engaged to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss, died over a decade ago.
AJ, who was 34, got into an altercation outside of Atlanta strip club.
It was presumed that he died as a result of the head injuries he received in the fight but later suggested his death was the result of sickle cell anemia complications.
Who is AJ from the Real Housewives of Atlanta?
Ashley Jewell, otherwise known as AJ, was once engaged to the Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss.
He died in 2009 after getting into a fight.
"I am devastated by the loss of A.J.," Burruss once said in a statement according to E! Online. "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 A.J. two hours before I got the call that he was in the hospital," Burruss said in her statement. "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."
What happened to him?
AJ got into an altercation with a man outside of Body Tap Club, a strip club in Atlanta.
He was allegedly beaten by Fredrick Richardson who inflicted severe head wounds unto the man.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jewell was part owner of the club and Richardson was an employee there.
A preliminary report on Jewell's autopsy labeled the death a "homicide," but was later challenged by the notion that he died as a result of complications caused by his sickle cell anemia.
The Atlanta Constitution Journal revealed that the medical report said: "Although Mr. Jewell died of complications of his underlying natural disease conditions, [the] complications would not have occurred if he had not experienced the extreme exertion that was part of the physical altercation. Due to the active involvement of another person, the manner of death is classified as a homicide."
"A.J. had a great spirit and he was a good man," Burruss said in her statement, defending her former fiancé from the bad rap he'd received since appearing on Housewives.
"He was a father of six kids but had other children that he raised and loved like his own, including mine. … It truly bothered him the way he has been portrayed in the media and actually it has bothered me too. A.J. was NOT a 'Scrub' like so many people like to blog and say. … He did not need me for financial gain, nor did he use me to gain some type of celebrity.
"In all actuality, A.J. hated and was uncomfortable with being on camera," she added. "Off-camera, A.J. was very charismatic and a friend to many. He believed in God and always genuinely tried to do the right thing."
Who was he engaged to?
AJ was once set to marry Kandi Burruss, who stars in Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The couple got engaged in January 2009, and the two shared custody of his twin daughters.
Their relationship was a topic of discussion on the show as Kandi's mother didn't approve of AJ.
The two ended up calling it quits before his death.
During the 2009 RHOA reunion episode, Kandi broke down over her former loves death.
What is Kandi Burruss's net worth?
Kandi Burruss is a singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, and television personality.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, she's worth $30million.
She reportedly makes around $450,000 per season of RHOA, once the highest-paid Housewife on the show.
Burruss first shot to fame as a member of the 90s R&B group Xscape.
The 44-year-old College Park then went on to have a lucrative songwriting and music producing career.
She's featured on RHOA since the second season in 2009.
On January 15, 2013, Burruss announced via Twitter that she was engaged to Todd Tucker, a former line producer for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, whom she had been dating since 2011 while filming the fourth season.
The reality TV star was crowned the winner of season 3 of The Masked Singer earlier this year.
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