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The buzz over Kandi Burress’ former fiance’s death (UPDATE)

Mediatakeout.com, which is very aggressive on anything RHOA related, talked to witnesses about the fight between Ashley “A.J.” Jewell and Fredrick Richardson Friday night. The Web site says the argument was over a stripper both were possibly dating. True or not, Jewell is dead and Richardson is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

(UPDATE: Later on Monday, the cops said the fight may have been over business, not a woman. MTO as of Tuesday morning has yet to update its item.)

And Kandi Burruss, A.J.’s former fiance featured on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” wrote a note to www.hellobeautiful.com noting how much she cared for A.J. and how uncomfortable he was about doing the TV show (which was clearly in evidence the few times he was seen.)

In the meantime, Monday morning, Rachelle Savoia, the Bravo spokeswoman who handles “Real Housewives of Atlanta” could provide me no new information regarding what impact this death may have on the final three episodes of the show or the reunion taping, which is set for Wednesday. Presumably, the producers are still making decisions and have yet to disseminate anything of substance to the publicist. Promos and trailers on Bravo have not been changed or curtailed.

The network could try to tape the reunion without Kandi on Wednesday but would A.J.’s death put a damper on the silly arguments the other four are likely to engender?

And I’ve stopped commenting on this entry. It’s generating too much junk.

70 comments Add your comment

Shamekia

October 5th, 2009
1:52 pm

The arguments before where dumb as always, but now is definetly not the time to argue and be childish. They need to grow up and be there for her as a friend and a sister in christ..Nothing in life is promised to us no matter what it is. GOD is just as real today as he was yesterday.My prayers are with Kandi and AJ’s family…..God Bless

carmon

October 5th, 2009
2:05 pm

It is so unforunate that another person had to lose their life over nothing. Jassabels come a dime a dozen, Pray for AJ’s children & family in this difficult time. Kandi your one good black sista God will heel all wounds believe in him…

For Real

October 5th, 2009
2:13 pm

I just saw AJ last Wednesday — not even a week ago. Never take life for granted…It could be gone before you know it! My prayers go out to his family and Kandi.

So Sad

October 5th, 2009
2:38 pm

This is a sad situation. They need to put the reunion on hold.

I wish AJ’s family the best and strength.

free

October 5th, 2009
2:40 pm

i think they should leave kandi out of the reunion show. the rest of them barely interact with her so any talk about her other than “tardy for the party” should be limited or absent. they should express their condolences and keep it moving.

levelhead

October 5th, 2009
2:43 pm

Go out on top and end this show. It was/is a good run for these women. Although the death of AJ was not directly involved with the show it was about 4 degrees seperation. Before he came on TV he was just a hard working seed dropping brother. Now after the show some women wanted him to be thei next baby daddy and othr seed dropping brothers became so enrage that it caused his death.

Just my opinion

October 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

everyone do not know the whole story, so i wish people would stop jumping to conclusion. Not that any one deserves this but lets look at from frederick richardson side, AJ may have jumped him and he may have been defending himself. Lets look into the whole story and not just from Kandi eyes or AJ, a lot of lives are involved here. Just my opinion

truthfully

October 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

levelhead– your ignorant

The Dogfighter Returns

October 5th, 2009
2:48 pm

Once again the puddy is undefeated. Don’t these cat’s know about craigslist? poor aj, and who said fighting with bare knuckles is not dangerous?

Somebody should sign fred richardson up for mma or boxing. that guy’s hands are lethal.

Rich

October 5th, 2009
2:58 pm

Ghetto. Is anybody really surprised?

Jasmine

October 5th, 2009
3:01 pm

At this point I’m not sure how most people are looking at this story but regardless to who started what and why No one deserves to be beating to death. I read this story over and over and facts are mixed up. The media is currently writing what ever they think happen. My heart goes out to Kandi and AJ’s family. I’m sad to hear this but god and AJ will be looking over you and yours God Bless.

DB

October 5th, 2009
3:03 pm

If this does not stop the petty arguments, these women are beyond help. If they can not display some dignity and sensitivity for A.J.’s death and Kandi’s grief, I will never watch the show again and hope Bravo will have enough respect for their viewers to cancel the series.

glad notnatl

October 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

Asking these ghetto nasty women to display dignity is like asking Jon Gosselin to be a caring father. Is aint gonna happen. Time for people of quality to stop watching these trainwrecks and get a life.

mugglemikki

October 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

Losing your life over a h*e? Not a one is worth it!

MerPhi

October 5th, 2009
3:11 pm

This is a difficult time for AJ’s friends and loved ones. Their privacy needs to be respected. The reunion show should be cancelled. What is there to talk about? What can they possible have to say that would make things better for Kandi’s situation right now? The drama on and surrounding the show is irrelevant. I vote for a cancellation of the Reunion show. Kandi should move on from that show and focus on her grief and her family. She didn’t quite fit in with all of the drama and childishness that came along with it. Kandi is most definately the most successful and accomplished of all the women and she can definately do better. Unfortunately, she lost the man that she “loved” and now is not the time to engaged in Nene’s “BS”. Best wishes to her and her family during this difficult time. One Love, MerPhi.

Bobby Peru

October 5th, 2009
3:18 pm

My grand daddy put it this way a while back ” Dumb people fight, smart people talk and negotiate thru troubles”…..a fight in a strip club parking lot….that is f’n dumb !!!!!!!!!

Cynthia

October 5th, 2009
3:19 pm

Enter your comments here My prayers go out to AJ kids family and Kandi. Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one. For all the simple minded people with your crazy comments find something positive to do with yourself. Regardles AJ was someone son,father ,nephew, cousin ,friend and Kandis boyfriend. He was a human being just like all of us. Every since the show aired he couldnt get any peace trying to prove himself to the world.Now he is in peace and he will be in a place where he wont be judged on what he has or who he dating. Be strong Kandi you gonna have a lot more bad days but trust in God he will direct your path.

Texas Boy

October 5th, 2009
3:21 pm

My condolences go out to AJ’s kids and his family. The sad part is that 6 kids are going to grow up without a farther. It’s sad to lose your life fighting another man over a woman. Especially a stripper Sad, Sad, Sad!

TheTruth

October 5th, 2009
3:22 pm

If people would stop watching TRASH TV, the network would have no choice but to cancel the show.

Hello

October 5th, 2009
3:22 pm

Kandi is such a beautiful person she has a good heart.I know she will be fine God will give her strenght in thistime of sorrow. My prayer goes out to Kandi, Aj Children and family.Kandi your best days are ahead what don’t kill you make you stronger.

what

October 5th, 2009
3:24 pm

levelhead your head is not leveled….you need to rethink your comment…..

Dreadz

October 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

Enter your comments here
“We shall overcome” your comment was very judgemental. Who said he was a thug? And evidently he is involved in his childrens’ lives, if Kandi knew all the children and their mothers. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones. And “Nativeson71″ you sound ignorant. All black people don’t love to kill each other. That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. And you will never understand because its not true!

levelhead

October 5th, 2009
3:29 pm

Six and possible more kids do not have a father, this is sad. RIP My brother.

mugglemikki

October 5th, 2009
3:30 pm

DREADZ you obviously haven’t been following the news lately…the sheer number of black on black crime is staggering…the examples are too numerous to mention.

Tlo

October 5th, 2009
3:33 pm

My deepest sympathy to AJ’s family and to Kandi as they deal with this horrible tragedy. Life is not promised by GOD because you are here today…gone tomorrow!! Live on purpose.

ant banks

October 5th, 2009
3:35 pm

You reap what you sow!! nothin’ personal, not bad mouthin’ anyone, not bein’ judgemental.

My nephew jus’ graduated from college. he reaped what he sowed.

Cruck

October 5th, 2009
3:38 pm

Dreadz- My brother was killed last November. Yeah it was by another brother.

jayjay

October 5th, 2009
3:39 pm

It was very odd watching a re-run of Episode 10 where AJ Jewell was talking and interacting with Kandi. That’s the craziness of so-called “reality TV” … how can it be “real” when it’s filmed MONTHS in advance, just like a regular sitcom? And how about the fact that AJ Jewell was no longer Kandi’s fiance by the time the show was airing, so the whole reality show buzz & crap probably contributed to the man getting into a barroom brawl that took his life.

My condolences to the Jewell family and to Kandi Burriss on their loss.

I'Heard

October 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

This is a blog…We all sympathize for this situation ending with the death of an individual. But, you have every right to type what eva you F’N want regarding AJ and his wrong choice of life. No one is judging, just making opinions.

Now my opinion…As a father(AJ)of many beautiful kids, I don’t understand what kind of example he was setting for them investing into a strip club.

And if you come at me with your blog comments ” I will get Fredrick to knock ur az out”

Monica

October 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

My thoughts and prayer truly goes out to AJ’s family and Kandi. To all the ignorant people making stupid comments about the show being ghetto and black people, a life have been lost. You may want to watch the comments you make because it could be your family. It’s still very sad what type of world we live in.

Honesty

October 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

If you weren’t there when the fight started and ended then you need to close your mouth and let the law do it’s job. But that is what makes people different their opinion and this is mine…Oh well..Pray for the parties involved. My condolences go out to AJ’s family, the children, and Kandi. God will help them all through this troubling time.

Debdoes

October 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

My heart goes out to Kandi. She’s has a lot to endure lately..first losing her uncle and now her ‘ex-fiance’ AJ. The six kids are the ones we should be praying for now. As for the reunion? AJ wasn’t a part of the show…..the guys in the show aren’t the show folks! Except Dwight of course.

gwen pitts

October 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

please do not jump to conclusion, no one knows what happened unless they were present.

C'mon now...

October 5th, 2009
3:53 pm

For the second time in just as many weeks, the AJC again, is referencing MediaFakeOut as a credible news source. How pathetic. AJC, get some real resources, and do some real research! You’re right here in Atlanta…why couldn’t you just go out or make some calls and get your own semi-first hand account of this story? NOT utilize MediaFakeOut! You lose much credibilty for referencing that horrid site. Where is the real journalism. Your story is a story from another site? Really? Blah!

Shanel

October 5th, 2009
3:53 pm

Fighting over another woman!! Was he so over Kandi, or was that what all the texting was about while he was on the show?….Your mom knew the deal…The disdain on her face when she looked at AJ said
it all. Kandi, never stop listening to her.

renairs

October 5th, 2009
3:54 pm

Kandi,

You are a wonderful woman, with a beautiful heart. GOD knows this and will strengthen you.
Keep your head up and pray for strength my sista.

Pleezzzzeeee

October 5th, 2009
3:58 pm

Since when does the rich and powerful atlanta “society” hang out at trashy stip clubs?

Sheba

October 5th, 2009
3:58 pm

The Show must go on!

bea

October 5th, 2009
4:05 pm

Fighting over a stripper? Give me a break! Two grown men in a parking lot fighting…wow! bet that was a site.

ATL

October 5th, 2009
4:11 pm

No one deserves to loose there life. Whether there a dead beat dad, a good dad , a no good dad. Black on black crime in this city is absolutley out of hand. I dont see marches in the street about these crimes against each other. But we get angry when a white man does something to us. How about we do something about the young black men who are killing each other. Why is no one OUTRAGED!!

mugglemikki

October 5th, 2009
4:25 pm

I agree ATL…it sickens me to think about the countless young, black men having their lives taken by other young, black men. Why has the number of members in white power/Aryan Nation groups declined…because we are doing the job for them! Sad, but true…and I challenge anyone to say differently!

UC

October 5th, 2009
4:28 pm

Enter your comments here

ATL You hit it right on the Head!!! Black on Black crime is BAD!!! But it seems to get worst every day.

SarahJane

October 5th, 2009
4:34 pm

Mugglemikki…………Is Cretin monkey talk??????? If so I don’t speak it!

Shabba

October 5th, 2009
4:37 pm

Git r Done,

I guess the Klan is a big fan of the RHOA…LOL!!! I have to laugh at your ignorance. You’re obviously not an intelligent person spewing such racist hate. You need to find your way back to whatever trailer park you came from. Oh, and don’t forget to put on your pointy white dunce cap!!! What an idiot!!!!

mugglemikki

October 5th, 2009
4:37 pm

I’m not surprised you don’t know what it means SarahJane…try idiot instead..

Shani

October 5th, 2009
4:38 pm

“One less thug and illegitimate father for the ATL”? That is one of the most ignorant statements. No one deserves to die in that manner, no matter if they are a thug or have children out of wedlock and Nativeson71, hate to shatter your illusions but people of every race kill their own, not just black.

Tesa

October 5th, 2009
4:40 pm

They reference media take out because the fired all the real journalists i used to work there, they have entire floors where people used to work empty. Hiring temps

SarahJane

October 5th, 2009
4:41 pm

Is Shabba short for a monkey name? The Klan can dismember their group because “you guys” seem to have it ALL under control. So the Klan does’nt have to do anything but sit back and watch.

whateverboo

October 5th, 2009
4:43 pm

Mediatakeout is the black internet version of the National Enquirer, in other words you can’t believe anything that they post about. They make up things just to get hits and will post anything that someone sends/tells them and their readers will believe it.

Old Timer

October 5th, 2009
4:45 pm

The Body Tap? Ironic. Home of the $5.00 dances? Trashy. Fighting in a parking Lot in Atlanta? Stupid. Death? Sad. Thing to do if you are in this situation? Walk away, drive away, or go into your office and shut the door,count to 10.