Kandi Burrus, Grammy-winning songwriter and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has just released a statement regarding her finace, Ashley "A.J." Jewell, who died from a head injury during a fight Friday night just outside The Body Tap Club, where he was part owner.
"I am devastated by the loss of A.J.," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star said in a statement. "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."
Jewell, who also appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta
, was allegedly beaten by strip club employee Fredrick Richardson, who was then arrested after being released from the hospital for sustained injuries during the brawl. Richardson is now being charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to the police.
"I had spoken to A.J. two hours before I got the call that he was in the hospital," Burruss said. "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."
Prior to the death of Jewell, Burruss, the newest member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
, recently revealed that her relationship with Jewell was on "hiatus" but was quick to defend his good nature.
"A.J. had a great spirit and he was a good man," Burruss wrote, defending her fiance from the bad rap he'd received since appearing on the Bravo docu-series. "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."Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image courtesy of Bravo)