Ashley Ross, the reality TV star of “Little Woman: Atlanta” known to fans as Minnie, died on Monday at the age of 34 after a car accident, her publicist announced.
Her publicist Liz Dixon said on Instagram on Tuesday morning, “It is with great sadness that we confirm on behalf of the Ashley Ross family, also known as ‘Minnie’ of Little Woman Atlanta.”
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Full Statement from the management team of @MsMinnieLWA It is with profound sadness that we confirm on behalf of the family of Ashley Ross aka “Ms Minnie” of Little Women Atlanta has succumbed to injuries from a tragic hit and run car accident today at the age of 34. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. Please direct all media requests to: Liz Dixson Publicist for Ms Minnie 404-410-6912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dixon told NBC News that the Lifetime reality star was driving in the Atlanta area Sunday night when he was involved in a car accident. Dixin said she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died Monday night.
He is survived by his mother, Tammy Jackson, and his uncles Veronica and John Deloni. Dixon wrote in his statement, “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they cry during this difficult time.”
Dixon said the funeral has not been arranged yet and police are investigating the accident.
Ross was mourned by fans and co-stars of his online show, who were shocked and saddened by his sudden passing.
“I’m crying as I write this. I can’t believe my Minnie !!!! Why they took you away from us !!!! WHY !!!!” Co-star Amanda Salinas wrote on Instagram.
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As I’m writing this I’m in tears I can’t believe it my Minnie !!!! Why did they take you away from us !!!! WHY!!!!! It always seems like we have all the time in the world, only to realize how fleeting it really is. I wish we had more time to do and say the things we saved for later which along with you is gone forever 💔 I promise to keep you alive in my memories and be there for your mama @grneyes4life and your aunt @vdeloney72 . You were more than our best friend you were our big sister and still is !!! I still can’t believe this man why man why!!!! , I love you so much !!!! My heart is broken 😭💔 Rest In Peace my love @msminnielwa #teamminnie #prayforhermamaplease #myminnie #bestfriends #sisters #realfriends #heartbroken
In a statement by People magazine, a representative for Lifetime and “Little Woman: Atlanta” said they were “deeply saddened” by the news.
The statement said, “Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Ms. Minnie was an incredible talent and a special part of Little Woman: Atlanta. We will miss her dearly.”
Outside Atlanta, police in South Fulton said the crash involved a Nissan Sentra traveling south when the driver lost control of the vehicle, entered the north lane and hit the Ford Focus.
While officials did not reveal which car Ross belonged to and the other driver, they said the Nissan driver was taken to the hospital while the Ford Focus driver suffered only “minor injuries” and that the crash is part of an investigation course.
Many fans released Ross’s clip from “Little Woman: Atlanta”, whose show scenes were often viral.
Rest In Peace Minnie 😢💔 pic.twitter.com/qcoOtmZRNl
— Taurus szn. (@toobadimbad) April 28, 2020
The Twitter user wrote, “I’m really crying because I was such an iconic person that I can’t do now.”
“I can’t believe the news of Minnie’s death from Little Women Atlanta,” another wrote. “Thanks for the laugh Reena.”