A.J. Jewell appeared on numerous episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta because he was formerly engaged to star Kandi Burruss. He's...

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The death of Real Housewives of Atlanta star A.J. Jewell, who was killed last month, has officially been ruled a homicide, the Fulton County Medical Examiner says.

The cause of death for A.J. Jewell, who died in a bar fight October 2, is listed as, "Physical altercation resulting in sickle cell trait related exertional collapse."

Contributing factors were "intestinal myocardial fidrosis," as well as an enlarged heart. In short, the fight triggered a flare up with Jewell's sickle cell disease.

Jewell, the ex-fiance of Real Housewives of Atlanta staple Kandi Burruss, who appeared often on the hit Bravo show, died after a strip club brawl in Atlanta.

Kandi Burruss and former fiance A.J. Jewell in happier times.

The other man involved in the fight, which took place in the parking lot, Frederick Richardson, has been arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Asked for comment, Richardson's attorney told TMZ only that "It's an unfortunate situation, Frederick is sorry this situation happened and that A.J. died."

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Reality TV is as scripted as any drama on TV.

But, sometimes, real life events truly effect those involved on these ridiculous shows, as Kandi Burruss tragically discovered last week: her former fiance, A.J. Jewell was killed in a strip club brawl.

Now, in a statement to E! News, the Real Housewife of Atlanta is speaking out and expressing her grief:

"I am devastated by the loss of A.J. 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.

"I had spoken to A.J. 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..."

A Grammy-winning songwriter and former member of the group Xtreme, Burruss also thanked fans and friends for their support since Thursday night's tragedy.

"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."

It's not too late to share your thoughts and prayers. Write in and send Kandi a message today.

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Rest in peace, A.J. Jewell.

The former fiance of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss was killed after suffering a severe head injury during a fight outside an Atlanta strip club Friday night.

"It appears he was involved in an altercation in the parking lot and he received a severe blow to the head," said Atlanta Police Lt. Keith Meadows.

Jewell often appeared on the Bravo reality show, clashing with his fiancee's mother. On her Twitter page, Burruss reacted to the tragedy by writing:

im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone.

I could never n a million years imagine this happening. please pray for AJ's children. that's who im the most concerned 4.

Kandi, who was part of the former girl group Xtreme, has received support from her co-stars. NeNe Leakes Tweeted: "RIP AJ from the real housewives of Atlanta! My thoughts & prayers r with Kandi, his children & family;" while Kim Zolciak  added:

"please Pray for my dear friend Kandi and her loss.I adored AJ and he will be misssed dearly"

** UPDATE: Fredrick Richardson has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in Jewell's death.

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