Atlanta Housewife Kandi "Devastated" Over Ex-Fiance's Death

Celebrity News Oct. 4, 2009 AT 5:22PM
Kandi Burris and Ashley Jewell attend the album release party for New Jack City II at Aquaknox Atlanta on April 2, 2009 in Atlanta. Kandi Burris and Ashley Jewell attend the album release party for New Jack City II at Aquaknox Atlanta on April 2, 2009 in Atlanta. Credit: Prince Williams/Getty Images

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss is speaking out after the beating death of Ashley Jewell, her ex-fiance:

"I am devastated by the loss of AJ. 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," she tells Usmagazine.com in a statement.

"I had spoken to AJ two hours before I got the call that he was in the hospital. 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.

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"I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of my family and friends -- and that means my Twitter and Facebook friends as well -- for the beautiful words of encouragement, prayers, and the sweet condolences. I make it through these difficult days because of you. I know this is cliche, but I urge everyone to treat each day as if it's your last and tell that special someone you love them today. Don't wait. It may be too late.

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"Please pray for his children, his family and Riley - they too are grieving the loss of an incredible man, son, brother and father," her statement concluded. "I wish you all had gotten to know the AJ we all knew and loved."

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