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The ex-fiance of RHOA Kandi Burruss was fatally beaten during a brawl outside an Atlanta strip club earlier tonight.

Friends say Ashley “A.J.” Jewell, a former drug dealer, was beaten and stomped by a group of men in the parking lot of famed strip club The Body Tap early Saturday morning. He was transported by ambulance to Piedmont hospital where he died from blunt force injuries to the brain.

Police questioned patrons inside the club after the incident but no arrests were made. Contrary to rumors, no guns or knives were involved.

The news of AJ’s death spread rapidly through the industry via Twitter and word of mouth. Jewell was very popular within Atlanta’s music industry, but he gained exposure on a national level via the reality TV show RHOA as Burruss’ fiance who was scorned by her mother for having multiple baby mamas. The couple separated after the premiere of Season 2, but they remained friends.

AJ leaves behind 6 beautiful children.

Update: Sources say AJ was in negotiations to buy The Body Tap when he was killed.


Police have arrested a “person of interest” in the fatal beating of club promoter Ashley “A.J.” Jewell last night. Frederick Richardson will be taken into custody when he’s released from a local hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the “one on one” fight at The Body Tap, a local strip club.

Jewell was a co-owner of the club and promoted celebrity events there.


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