All of us at Bravotv.com were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Ashley "AJ" Jewell, featured on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Below is a statement from TreMedia on behalf of Real Housewife Kandi Burruss:
"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 The Real Housewives 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."
Kandi has also reached out to fans on her Twitter page: "I could never in a million years imagine this happening," she posted. "Please pray for AJ's children. That's who I'm the most concerned for. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their prayers."
Our thoughts are with Kandi and AJ's family during this difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Be strong, God doesn't give us more than we can handle. My prayers are with you girl! Hang in there. Know that there are a lot of people out there that love and care for you.
Kandi, I am so sorry for you lost. Both of them. Your a very strong Person and one of the strongest I've seen in a long time. You are in my Prayers, stay true to your self, great things are in your furture. Love you. Peg
Wow, our thoughts and prayers are with you Kandi, in the tough time that is upon you, keep strong and everything happens for a reason!! God bless! YOU ROCK BABY!!
I am truly sorry regarding the lost of your fiance'. There are simply no words to capture how you may feel. Just know, that my family is praying for you regarding your lost. I pray for the Lord to strengthen you and to comfort you during this time.
I was so sad to hear about Kandi's loss. I feel like I know her as a friend. My thoughts and prays go out to her family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with AJ Family (Kandi) and especially his children. May God be by your side through the days and nights!
Kandi I just want to send my prayers out to you as well as AJ's kids. I am at a lost of words and my heart aches for you.
My thoughts and prayers go out to aj's family and kids and most to kandi. I just wish her mom would have gotten to know him like kandi wanted her to so she could see her happy.But guess now she will never know the type of guy he was to kandi. It wont be the same without him on the show...
Having lost a fiance in a tragic accident, I can totally understand how Kandi must feel. My thoughts go out to her, his children, and her family for mourning their own personal loss. I can only imagine how her mother must feel. Though she did not like him for Kandi, I know she must be heart-broken for her daughter. Kandi has become my favorite "housewife" personality and I truly wish her the best and much success. I hope she will continue to turn her personal tragedies into positive moments and I am certain she will be able to pour her heart and soul into the small moments she spends with each and every person she loves.
Our Prayers and Deepest sympathy go out to AJ's Family and espcially Kandi Burruss family. We must remember that life is short and we must continue to take care of one another, if it on a reality show, or just kickin it with your home girls or boys. Our purpose on this earth is to serve not to be served. Compassion and Love for ourselves and others should be first on the menu. Hatred and decit should be buried in the very pit as which it came from. My prayer is that the family finds peace and closure in this time of sorrow.
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Kandi seems to have had one trial after the next...God must have a tremendous calling on her life! I pray for her strength and that she be encouraged in the midst of this storm.
Kandi girl, A.J's kids and family, your little one and you are in my prayers. I was just watching you and A.J hanging your replaced albums on your wall, having lunch and just showing each other love and appreciation. I do believe A.J was and always will be a light in your life. Going through your uncle's funeral today and A.J within the next week is gonna be a hard thing to do.But you are strong and with god's grace you will be fine. Girl, my NeNe has a very strong personality, but those are the type of people we need on our team to block the B.S. Let your ATL girls be part of the support you need.I know your personal friends and Show biz friends like my gurl T-Boz will be there 4 you too.Hold your head up baby girl, cause your new "Angel A.J" is smiling down on you!!! God Bless.
Hearing this hearts my heart so much... I am only a new viewer to the Atlanta show but Kandi seems like such a very special person with a huge heart. Prior to the show I didn't know who she was but seeing her story and learning of her achievements at such a young age impresses me so much. Her ability to keep her head on straight and put some many before herself shows me she is truly a special individual. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her loved ones at this terrible time.
Kandi, I am so so sorry to hear about the death of your fiance AJ. I was just watching your birthday episode this morning. My prayers are with you and AJ's family. For you: Thank you God for giving me what you know I need. Help me to learn and grow thru my struggles as I trust You to bring me out stronger than ever. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Kandi you don't know me but my heart goes out to you and AJ's children. There are no words to describe how you must feel. I pray that GOD sustains you peace that passes all understanding during your difficult time. I know you loved him deeply.
Hell Kandi I am truly sorry for the lost of your AJ. I will keep you as well as AJ kids in my prayers. Ask the lord to walk with you through this and to keep you strong.
Kandi I am very sorry for your loss and I will pray for you and the children. May God keep you safe.
I am praying for you and for Mr. Jewell's children and family. This is such a sad and senseless loss. I hope you can draw some comfort in knowing that there are many people out here who are sending their support your way.
I am so sorry for your loss. You brought such great posivtive energy to the show and have endured much. Nothing makes this any easier. I am also sorry for the loss of your uncle.
I don't know what even to say. My prayers are for you Kandi and AJ's children. May the Virgen of Guardalupe give you all the strength to overcome in this shocking events in your life. May god protect you now and always. A Chicagoan with love for you and your family.
Kandi, I lost my mom when I was 15 so I understanding the pain of losing someone you love. I hope and pray that God will keep you strong through this tragic time.
Although I don't know you personally Kandi, I felt like I wanted to cry when I heard the news. I am soooo sorry for your loss and will keep you and his family in my prayers. Just remember the good Lord will never put too much on you that you can't bear. I believe that you will grow and move on from this tragic situation. Keep your head up and continue to have faith.
Kandi I am deeply sorry for your lost,but as we all know God has a plan for us all. I hope you will continue to pledge forward with your life as you know A.J. would want you to do. And may God bless you during this time of need. Remember he will not put any on you than you can bear,for he will never forsake you. My prayers are with you. Cecelia(CeCe)Carter
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Keep your head up and God Bless you and your family. We luv you Kandi.
dear kandi my prayers are for you and your family and your exended family i seen you on the wendy williams show and the way you talked about aj's children i knew you were a loving mother and really cared about his children i pray everything works out for you be strong and remember we do not understand everything but it all happens for a reason sincerely tina marie
Kandi and A.J. Family Iam really sorry to hear about your lost, Walk with God he will bring you peace/
Kandi, I am so sorry for your losses. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and AJ's family. Be strong!!!
Kandi, we are all praying for you, your respective families, and both you and AJ's true friends. You have been through so much lately. I'm sorry not only for the loss of AJ, but also for the loss of your uncle. May they both have a peaceful passage to the other side, and may you, your family, and AJ's family be blessed with the strength you need to get through this time. When you feel like you have no one else to turn to during this time, you can always turn to God. He is always there, and he is always in control. Wishing you Peace, Blessings, and Strength.
Kandi, as you know, God will be right by your side to get you through this difficult time. Stay strong Baby girl. My thoughts and prayers are with you and AJ's family.
Kandi I cannot say I know what you are going through for one must have experienced the same situation in order for that to happen. However, I do know how it feels to lose more than one person around the same time to death so I would like to say that I'm sorry for your lost and may God bless you, your family, and as well as his.
OMG! I can't believe this has happen to such a beautiful down to earth sister, who only tried to keep it real to the end. My heart goes out to Kandi, and especially AJ's (children) family. Kandi, you are such a gracious woman for taking on a responsibility that is not of your making, but you will be highly favor and blessed in all your endeavors to come. Much love, happiness, and success to you. Stay close to God, he will bring you through.
A real fan!!
Keep u in prayer always
A.J. death breaks my heart. You are my favorite person on the show. You are kind and decent. I am praying for you to get through this.
khandi, i have loved you (and tiny) ever since Xscape came on to the scene,and now since ive seen u on the show, i have so much respect and admiration 4 you, so when i heard the news of u loosing AJ, i was so surprised. i just remember days ago the news that you took in his kids ---even though you parted ways--and it just showed me the type of character you have. and on top on another loss in your family, its shocking. I deeply want to send my thoughts and prayers to you and AJs family. being that i lost two loved ones both in a short amount of time, i know how that is. keep strong, khandi girl!
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your Uncle Ralph, and to U and AJ'S kids. God give you all strength at this time.
Kandi my thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family through these difficult times. I am speechless as well no matter what anyone had to say about "AJ" I could see his love for you in his eyes. I will be sure to say a special prayer for all of your family tomorrow in church. Please hold your head!
To Kandi and the children of AJ my heart goes out o all of you I couldn't imagine what you must feel right now but know that you are in my prayers and that through God and time that it becomes easier to deal with your lost da by day. Stay strong and continue to stay in prayer.
Kandi my family will be praying for you and A.J. family i know you are hurting and i feel your pain . I too a 33 year old women who lost my husband of 14 teen yrs due to murder and it was 10/1/2008 so im a yr in on my lost and still healing from the loss of my love my friend and my soulmate he was 32 when he past at the hand of another his so call friend . So i am praying for you and i love you so much girl keep your head up and trust GOD despite all going on right now he will see you through and mend your broken heart but it takes time and will never all the way heal this is a diffrent loss from lossing a cousin are even a uncle and i hope you understand what i mean i love you god bless Tanaisha St. LOuis , Mo and pp can we stop all the killing and turn to love instead of hate please when we kill someone we are killing many others inside. They dont just die the family dies as well think about it lets do better GOD BLESS