The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has officially ruled Ashley "AJ" Jewell's death a homicide, according to

The cause of death is listed as, "Physical altercation resulting in sickle cell trait related exertional collapse." Contributing factors are listed as, "intestinal myocardial fidrosis," (?) as well as an enlarged heart.

I've never heard of "intestinal myocardial fidrosis" I'm sure they meant "myocardial fibrosis" and someone just threw "intestinal" in there because it was a big word.

But it seems that Jewell died from sudden heart failure caused by overexertion due to his pre-existing conditions -- an enlarged heart and sickle cell disease.

This is similar to when a football player with an undiagnosed enlarged heart drops dead on a football field.

Jewell died just hours after he was involved in an altercation with Frederick Richardson who co-managed The Body Tap strip club. Richardson was arrested in the days following Jewell's death. He is currently free on bond.

Jewell appeared in a few episodes on Real Housewives of Atlanta season 2. He was engaged to cast member Kandi Burruss, but the couple ended their engagement in August.

  • MsG

    All of this is so sad. It feels weird watching AJ on re-runs since he has passed away.

  • Anna

    I did not think this was going to be the out come, there seemed to be contributory circumstances.

  • j.c.

    rip a.j.

  • Redeemed777

    Hmmm.....I wonder if this dude was really somebody's Blood Sacrifice???

    Not everything is what it seems to be.

  • intensemocha




    So he wasn't beat to death? he just wasn't healthy enough to fight? is that what I am understanding? or am I wrong? please help me out... :shrug:

  • attorneymom

    Damn, I was hospitalized in July with an enlarged heart. Now my azz is scared. I better stop cussing folks out since I got out of the hospital. Wow. I am calming my azz down right now.

  • Choco

    Unecessary --- that's all I wanna say!

  • kcicero

    So my question is are they going to charge the guy who he fought with? I'm thinking he probably won't do hard time if they do, if any at all. How was he to know AJ had an enlarged heart :shrugs: RIP AJ

  • TruGemini

    I don't think it should be rulded homicide...AJ knew he had heart issues...he shouldn'tna been out there fighting. And I'm sure that Fredrick dude wasn't aware of any pre-existing medical conditions.

  • prettypink

    I'm sorry he died, but this doesn't sound right.

  • mirsmommy

    @ kcicero

    I don't think he will get that much time, if he gets any time at all, either.

  • LadyLew

    Why would they rule this a homocide? I mean RIP and it's a sad situation but to blame someone else is ridiculous.

  • LadyJustice *\o/*

    they shouldnt charge the guy with murder considering he died from heart failure. maybe just assault

  • Divinebrown

    The prosecutor in this case better have his act together. This is not an open and shut case.

    My question is this....if there was no fight, would he have died that night?

    Prrrrrobably not. Therefore it SHOULD be a homicide.

  • kcicero

    @ mirsmommy exactly classic case of when keeping it real goes wrong...all over something that probably could have been worked out without the violence...

  • waterlily_76

    Seems so random. You just never know.

  • PartyofFive

    But, but I thought “fred” and his goons went after AJ…? Or were waiting for him in the parking lot or something…? See, this is what happens when I get all my info from gossip boards.

    Bad heart or not beforehand, he’s dead now and Fred should have to deal with that.

  • prettypink

    @Divinebrown -Who started the fight? Cause if it was AJ, I don't feel the other dude should be at fault.

  • missy

    I don't have a problem with the homicide charge.....and like some have said he won't be spending a lot of time in jail......... but R.I.P AJ

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    It was hard watching him and Kandi on the Housewives of Atlanta after hearing about his death. An uncomfortable feeling came over me.

  • j.c.

    this is just tragic for everyone involved especially his kids and kandi. although they weren't together, i'm sure she still loved him. :pray: for kandi and the kids

  • lola773

    Its a no-win situation here where they are both responsible.


    Two men were fighting and one man died. If it wasnt self defense somebody is going to jail. I dont know the details of the fight so I really cant say, but I wont be quick to let ol' boy off the hook just because dude had a heart condition.

  • Divinebrown

    @prettypink....I haven't seen all the details, however, IF in fact AJ was the aggressor, would the other guy been locked up? :shrug: I don't know...

    I mean...let this be a lesson, if yo' monkey minded azz was somewhere being productive and not fighting in a skripper joint, there would be no case. But he was fighting and the guy your time like the rest of the criminals.

  • prettypink

    @Divinebrown - You have a point with "if yo’ monkey minded azz was somewhere being productive and not fighting in a skripper joint, there would be no case."

    It's just sad that so many lives are changed by this. One guy loses his life, and another is possibly facing jail or a criminal record.

  • attorneymom

    If AJ threw the first punch, there is no need to go forward with the prosecution of this case.

  • Charles

    Umm wow!


    Well this Is why I don't associate with hoodrats/criminials/video hos because they are just grown up children!

  • Divinebrown

    @P.Pink...yes, you are right. Many people have been impacted by this whole ordeal.

    But you know what...they were fighting over some mess. You know that dude already had a record. lol

    Now he got some time coming.

  • Daisy

    If AJ started the fight as earlier reports stated and the suspect clearly was beat down based on his mugshot I still dont see how he can face charges and be convicted. I would not convict him if I were on the jury. He can say it was self defense and his face was jacked up :shrug:

    Either way very sad and :pray: to all involved

  • Daisy

    DB he didnt beat him to death though. Kandi said herself AJ didnt even look like he had been in a fight although he was so I dont think somebody should go to jail for a fight and the person died later esp. if they started it (in general not just this situation) I dont know just to many factors

  • Krysi J

    well at least now someone can be charged and put away for this...maybe that will give his family and friends some peace.

  • M3z

    Such a shame. I feel bad for his kids! Kandi seems like such a nice person for all this heartache to occur to her.

  • MsG

    I know Kandi was grieving and was kinda out of it when she talking about the incident on the Reunion show, but I felt that she should not have made the statement on TV that AJ did not look like he was in a fight. That certainly can be used in court.

  • attorneymom

    Hell, I am just going to say it: Anyone who owns, works at or patronizes a strip club is mentally ill.

  • wiggy2272003

    Redeemed777 are you related to Terika? Or do you just have a mild case of conspiracyitis?

    Iscream, I wrote you about the book discussion, maybe you missed it? My question is did I miss it? Or you gonna wait for the new peeps who ordered to finish?
    I am falling back so I might of missed too many comments, not enought familiar avi's, or caplocks(shoutout intense, munch)

    I welcome new opionions and debate but I just don't have that kind of time for 400 comments on a B post. 300 saying the same damn thing( no blame, too many to read, all hitting the same time) I have to actually get some work done :)
    Daisy, Wheres your hubby? Haven't seen him since the opening.

  • ReadTheBlog

    So his family lied when they said he didn't have sickle cell?

  • katgirl33

    Wow Atty Mom,

    You have to de-stress.....take care of your health.


  • wiggy2272003

    Attnymom, Blanket statements are always wrong(pun intended) A strip club in the right location, right emplyees, right clientele could be very lucrative.

    Haven't you ever been to a bridal shower at a strip club?

  • missy


    When did they say he didn't have sickle cell??

    (I didn't even know he had sickle cell I thought it was a heart disease)

  • SouthernPrincess

    The homicide case can be successfully prosecuted IF AJ did not throw the first punch.....Example XYZ and I get in a fight during the fight XYZ falls and hit their head and die...I didn't intend on killing XYZ I just wanted to beat them up but the act of me starting the fight in the first place resulted in thier death so I can be charged...

  • attorneymom

    Sidebar: What about bringing the heffa that killed my Soror, her entire family and lil Morgan with her car and the heffa's mama(the school teacher) that tried to cover up the hit&run? Oh, that's right, my Soror was not a case member of RHOA. Forgive me for even asking the question. Carry on.

  • Divinebrown

    I didn't get all the details about all this but, whatever the case, I hope it has the most appropriate outcome.


    Well Damn....


    I WAS IN THE SKRIPPER JOINT HAVIN A BALL OUT THERE IN ATL!!! HAAAAA!!! Free drinks coming to the table getting me more off balance upstairs. lmfao!! It was like the club!!

  • MsG

    Attorneymom, I have to cosign you. There is something so "pandhander-ish" about that whole concept.

  • ReadTheBlog

    A lot of you sound like Dr's, attorney andeven a few sound down right stupid, but who are you all to question the conditions and nature of his passing? You know good and damn well if someone whooped your ass into a sickle cell episode you'd want something done.

    God felt his time here was served, and he's dead now - ain't no shoulda woulda coulda when it comes to that.

  • attorneymom

    I left out the words "to trial".

  • MsG

    Soror Attorneymom! (skeeeeeeewee!). I have not forgot about that either. She was my church member.

  • katgirl33

    All that "AJ didn't look like he was in a fight" means is that he defended himself, successfully......Kandi also said that the guy he got into a fight with had visible bruises from the fight.

    Dude got his azz kicked, and AJ ended up losing his life b/c of his condition....

  • CivilEngineer

    So what type of charges will placed on the other man? He definitely didn't intentionally kill him. Did AJ know he had an enlarged heart? I don't think he should get jail time or a felony charge on his record, it was an immature fight not murder. Still a very sad situation for AJ's family...I'll pray for their peace of mind.

  • attorneymom

    @ReadTheBlog, I am a real attorney. Blank stare. There is a criminal defense called "self defense" that negates criminal liability or offers an excuse for commission of a murder.

  • ReadTheBlog

    I should correct myself. His family denied that he died from sickle cell. [Comment edited by moderator. Please do not post links to or mention blogs that are not in my blogroll]

  • Daisy

    @wiggy I don't have a hubby or do we have 2 Daisys now :confused:

    Yes when Kandi said that I said that may be used in court.

    I just know the other guy also sought medical attn so that also works to his benefit as well IMO

  • j.c.

    attorney mom, i don't know any details about what you referred to but i cosign with you. justice fails us all sometime or another

  • Leesa

    Its still hard to watch old episodes.... :(

  • ReadTheBlog

    Attorneymom, I know you are. My comment didn't apply to you.

  • flyqtnva


  • EricaDenese

    A man's life is gone over nonsense. I hope the family is able to find peace, regardless of what happens...

  • attorneymom

    MsG, SkeeWee to you, Soror. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is in the house on SR.

  • attorneymom

    MsG, the AKA(s) need to pay a visit to prosecutor's office.

  • wiggy2272003

    You're the only daisy I know. E the red incredible hulk Elove?
    How you gonna blow ekisses to a man erryday and forget that quick.


    I kid you with love of course, I know you actually celibate and maybe even a little prudish.

  • attorneymom

    @ReadTheBlog, I am sorry. Forgive me.

  • attorneymom

    This is my message to the Black Community:

  • ReadTheBlog

    Attorneymom, It's all good :-) BUT ONLY because you are sorors to the wonderful women that raised me to be the

    Pretty Girls wear 20 but Smart Women wear 5! :heart:

    Gosh, I just had to get that out there! It's all :love:

  • MsG

    Yes Ma'am!!!

  • MsG

    Soror, yes they do. We need to really handle business.

  • attorneymom

    @ReadTheBlog, Zeta who?? LOL Shout out to you and your blue sisters.

  • Divinebrown

    You know...I was about to say some wild stuff.

    I'll keep my mouth shut, THIS ONE TIME.

  • wiggy2272003

    Give all the new loyal readers a welcome email with the two questions I see over and over and over.

    The white baby is there because its the default gravatar if you don't have a personal one.

    To change your Gravatar Picture go to create an account using the same email you gave Sandra and upload a picture. Save it. Click use this picture.

    To use smileys down at the bottom of the page is a link the them. you type the semicolon key then the word for the smiley you want to use then the semicolon key again

    I know its hard with so many comments but around here we ususaly read before posting. If not a some post a disclaimer.

  • Tonya8

    @wiggy2272003 thank you huni :-)

  • chase

    Wow that is a shame I thought that it would be ruled accidental. I have the sickle cell trait and hearing this is scary. RIP AJ!

  • Redeemed777

    @WIGGY2272003......honey I did all that, and my gravatar still did not show.

    But yeah I'm a truth seeker.

    The truth is out there.

  • wiggy2272003

    Redeemed777 honey, did you try clearing your cookies,cache all that...

  • free

    that guy is gonna walk if this goes to a jury. also, the fact that kandi mentioned what his face looks like doesn't mean much because the coroner has pics of his face and body that will be shown at trial. if you are sickly, you don't need to be mixing it up. if you do, then unfortunately you run the risk of doing more harm to yourself than the other person.

  • Denim

    It's sad that he lost his life and he leaves behind a bunch of kids 8 to be exact right??But I don't think the guy should be charged even if he doesn't face lots of time because AJ may he R.I.P didn't die from the fight he died from a pre existing condition I'm sure he didn't yell it from a rooftop so how would da guy know that??

  • SootheSayer

    I just don't know about this...the initial claim is that he was assaulted by this big group of men, but even Kandi said during the RHOA reunion that when she saw him in the hospital morgue that same night, he had not a bruise or scratch on him....I respect the fact the man is deceased now, but I do believe that he initiated this fight, and overexerted himself on his own recognizance

  • brucebaner1

    Does Kandi's teeth (smile) bother anybody? For some reason her teeth just bothered me all season.......

  • Redeemed777

    yeah... I did all that too.

  • Shauny

    There are just so many rumors and assumptions to this story that the truth will never come out.

    Who said A.J instigated the fight? I've heard this was ONE in how many scenarios of how his death occured. First he was jumped, then dude had some guys waiting on him outside and they fought one and one dude was losing and then A.J was jumped, they were fighting in the club and it spilled outside and he hit his head, the cow jumped over the moon, etc. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

    Point is dude was dead and if he didn't start the fight and was defending himself then dude should be charged with voluntary manslaughter at least. IF A.J started the fight then case dismissed.

    I'm not going to even go into all of the other foolery of comments on here...SMDH

  • Shauny

    oh and just because you don't have a scratch on you doesn't mean that YOU started a fight. Has anyone ever heard of someone starting chit and ending up getting THEIR ass beat? Happens every day.

  • ryand91

    I'm shocked. To be honest I don't think the man should be charged with homicide. If he's charged with anything it should be manslaughter. But RIP to AJ and may his family be blessed and given serenity through this hard time. I know how his kids feel I lost my dad to violence in 2008.


    @ Redeemed777 Says:

    If you are using your company computer, there may be firewalls put up blocking the image. Try doing it from a personal pc.

  • Sandra Rose

    intensemocha Says:


    So if you have a fist fight with someone and the fight is broken up and you both walk away and hours later that person drops dead of a heart attack, you should be charged with murder?

  • Sandra Rose

    attorneymom Says:
    Hell, I am just going to say it: Anyone who owns, works at or patronizes a strip club is mentally ill.



  • MzAkatude

    I feel so sorry for AJ's family for this to have to play out in the media his children have access to the internet and their daddy's death will always be in the backs of their heads. Before fighting people should think about their family because at this age its just not worth it.

    @attorneymom, Hey Soror! We are holding it down on SR.

  • Shauny

    I better not see no damn e banging up in here. That's all I have to say

  • Anna

    brucebaner1 Says:

    Does Kandi’s teeth (smile) bother anybody? For some reason her teeth just bothered me all season…….
    I think she has a pretty smile, she is a "teeth clensher".

  • attorneymom

    @MsAkatude, SkeeWee to my Soror. We are definitely in the house.

  • attorneymom

    @Sandra, stay out the strip clubs. :-)

  • texarican mamacita

    A case like this is the reason I try to tell certain type of "keeping it real" macho men (my husband...) that backing down from certain conflicts is the smartest and mature thing to do. I know I will catch some flack but I don't care. I was a cop and I arrested soooo many people (men and women) for fighting over the most inane reasons that ended up with one or more individuals facing life changing charges.

    I always asked the very young ones "Was that (insert stupid reason here) worth you going to jail, possibly facing prison time, losing your job and reputation over? Yes there are times that you just want to reach out and touch somebody (I mean reaallllyy touch) but it rarely worth it.

    Please no tomatoes for my professional choices... :lol:

  • pointhimout

    i dont agree with that. you were involved in this fight. the other man defending himself did just that--defended himself. he didn't shoot or stab him. his own health contibuted to his death. this one will be interesting and worth fighting in court, depending on the charges they try to bring. Ok, it's a homicide, we'll see how it plays out.

  • texarican mamacita


    While in class today the building in which I was in class had a fire and we were evacuated. This building is 10 or a couple more floors so you can imagine the how packed and chaotic the stairwells were especially since the lights were going out for periods of time. Well as I was outside some :chickenhead:
    said the following:

    "There are some old people stuck on the 7th floor, I ain't helping no damn old people or pregnant chicks, I do me first" and her friends laughed. I wanted to beat the living snot out of that piece of ****. How do you not help elderly people go down 7 flights of stairs in the DARK!!!

    I went up there and helped the campus police bring down more than 10 alzheimer, disabled and very elderly physical therapy patients and NO ONE ELSE HELPED!!!!!! What is wrong with people :mad:

  • texarican mamacita

    Sorry for the book ya'll but I am still hot as hell about this!!! what if it was their granny's????

  • Anna

    texarican mamacita Says:

    Sorry for the book ya’ll but I am still hot as hell about this!!! what if it was their granny’s????
    Don't apologize, they need to feel shame. It really is not every man for himself these days. I get tired of stupid ppl. When I see ppl not moving over while driving when a police car or ambulance has it's sirens on it pisses me off. I say out loud "you don't know if they are going to your burning home or a wreck your family member just got into . Rant on, you did a great deed and no deed goes on not rewarded. You saved LIVES. Everyone has a family and you just made someones, lots of ppls family get the opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones. GOD Bless You. You did the righ thing. And I know it feels good to do the right thing.

  • texarican mamacita

    Thanks Anna. I just needed to vent because this happened at 1 pm and I am still hot. I really could have hurt that girl. The thing is that when I picked up my daughter from her babysitter's house, there was an older lady there and she said to me "you were at the building, on campus". She said that she was accompanying some of the elderly people which were patients at the school of occupational therapy at my school and she said that they were so mad but since she works on campus she is not allowed to say anything to the students. Now I understand when older folk say "this youngsters are not about nothing nowadays" because I am older than most students on campus but only by about 10 years.

  • Anna

    texarican mamacita Says:

    Thanks Anna. I just needed to vent because this happened at 1 pm and I am still hot. I really could have hurt that girl. The thing is that when I picked up my daughter from her babysitter’s house, there was an older lady there and she said to me “you were at the building, on campus”. She said that she was accompanying some of the elderly people which were patients at the school of occupational therapy at my school and she said that they were so mad but since she works on campus she is not allowed to say anything to the students. Now I understand when older folk say “this youngsters are not about nothing nowadays” because I am older than most students on campus but only by about 10 years.
    I am 42 a mom of 3 kids in their early 20's. My kids love ppl older than me and would never not walk out on anybody without knowing that they did not help out someone in need. This to me is triflin' and we all need to make sure our kids would have more passion for others. A mom or a dad would push their child out of the way of a moving vehicle while just walking down the street. I have read many stories of Mothers and Fathers dying while pushing their child out of harms way, will throw them out of a burning home and die themselves. My brother really thinks that I am this "heroic" woman that just does what she does and saves the day for others. I told my brother that if I die It will be trying/saving someone else. He did not like our conversation and quickly changed the subject. I know that I do not leave anyone in a crisis if I happen to come across it and I have saved many ppl. I don't know if some of the ppl I think I saved are alive or still together. There was a pregnant womam with a man(maybe the husband or the unborn childs father) they were arguing across the street from my house. I ran across the street so fast to tell the man that I was going to call 911 and that he better not put his hands on her. I did not know if he had a gun, taser or would beat my ass. I just know my brother said I darted so fast across the street with no shoes on that he was stunned. I do not like to see ppl who don't help others. I am not saying my brother did not help. I was just quicker to respond. LOL. My brother always reminds me of what I did. It was just instinct, my brother helped me and our siblings after decades our mother died. He is my hero. You never leave anyone hanging.

  • attorneymom

    @Texerican & Anna, I am 41 with 3 kids and the older I get the more immature ignorant, crazy and evil people become. You have to treat people at arms length and keep them away from your heart and mind.

    I met some crazy azz bloggers and lawyers these past 2 years and I wished I never met some them.

    Anna, I knew you are a good person when you took the time to call me when my son was fighting for his life. Thank you. That meant a lot to me.

  • attorneymom

    Sidebar: The only blogger I miss that I have a beef with is Blkseagoat (Shane). Everyone else can kiss my azz.

  • attorneymom

    I am home from the hospital after completing my sleep study. Yes, I reached for the blackberry and posted comments when I awakened. I need help.

    Memo To SR Family: Take care of yourself. I am grateful to Jehovah for allowing me this time to fall back from my career in order to heal. It was very hard for me to stop practicing law even for a minute, but I had to in order to save my life. Chronic stress kills. You only get one body. Honor it as if it were the temple where Jehovah dwells. Selah.

  • free

    @texarican mamacita:

    every teen should watch "the first 48". man, talking about when keeping it real goes wrong! i get sad every time i see those kids getting booked into jail two and three at a time because one of their friends had a weapon and killed somebody.

    i also saw a white, affluent dude get probation after being on the scene of a murder and hiding evidence but the black ones who do the same thing get the murder charge! i've learned a lot from that show.

    for those of you with teens, there is a good book entitled "Ignorance Is No Defense: A Teenager's Guide to GA Law". It's written by J. Tom Morgan, a GA attorney for teens to become familiar with the law and has numerous scenarios that show them how they can get caught up for fairly harmless reasons. you can google the website. it's $15.

  • attorneymom

    @Free, thanks for the info. I will get the books as Christmas presents for my sons and his friends.