Ashley “Ms. Minnie” Ross, a star of the Little Women: Atlanta reality show, has tragically died at the young age of 34.
The star was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ross’ management team confirmed the tragic news on the reality star’s Instagram account, saying, “It is with profound sadness that we confirm on behalf of the family of Ashley Ross aka ‘Mis 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.”
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Ross was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday, April 26, and was then taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she succumbed to her injuries 24 hours later, according to CNN.
Ross is survived by her mother Tammy Jackson, her aunt Veronica Deloney, her uncle John Deloney, and her grandmother Rose Deloney, per People.
“Ashley was a sweet and kind person with a big heart. She was an advocate for St. Jude and young women,” Ross’ personal publicist, Liz Dixson, told CNN. “She will be remembered for her contagious smile.”
A representative for Little Women: Atlanta spoke with People, saying, “”She was the most beautiful, kind, giving, generous human ever. She was adored by cast and crew because she always wore her heart on her sleeve.”
“There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for those she loved,” the representative added.
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Many of Ross’ Little Women costars have taken to social media to express their heartbreak and condolences. Amanda Salinas shared her pain in a touching Instagram message, writing:
“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.”– Amanda Salinas / Instagram
Another of Ross’ Little Women: Atlanta costars, Ms. Juicy, shared an image with text reading, “This is too much, too much.” In the caption, she wrote “Prayers for Minnie’s family!!!”
Lifetime, the network that airs Little Women: Atlanta, also spoke out about the tragedy on Instagram.
“Lifetime and the Little Women Family are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of the sudden passing of Ashley Ross, our beloved ‘Ms. Minnie,’ their statement reads. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. Ms. Minnie was an amazing talent and a special part of Little Women Atlanta. She will be dearly missed.”
Ross was one of the original stars of Little Women: Atlanta, a spinoff of the popular Lifetime franchise. She had been a regular of the show since its debut in 2016.
No further information about the hit-and-run driver is currently known, but we hope Ross’ family gets some answers soon. Until then, and beyond then, they’ll be in our thoughts.
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