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Doc: Sickle Cell a Factor in 'Housewives' Death

10/15/2009 2:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sickle Cell Anemia may have played a significant role in the death of a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star who died after a strip club brawl two weeks ago -- this according to the doctor who performed the autopsy.



Fulton County Associate Medical Examiner, Dr. Kelly Rose tells TMZ preliminary autopsy results lead her to believe Ashley "A.J." Jewell suffered from Sickle Cell -- a disease which inhibits oxygen flow to tissues in the body.

Rose says it's most likely that Jewell was worked up from the fight -- and because of his condition, it's probable that he couldn't replenish the oxygen he lost during the incident ... which the Dr. says could have fatal consequences.

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LA    

How sad!

1645 days ago
2.

The Truth    

Good!!

1645 days ago
3.

breal    

People, Places, and Things...(Bad guy-turned Good) but could'nt stay away from the game.)

1645 days ago
4.

CupcakeLala    

That is so sad :(

1645 days ago
5.

Simone    

Kooky and balls are perfect examples of why families shouldn't inbreed.

1645 days ago
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Wc from Sc    

KOOKY DO YOU NOT HAVE A JOB? OR IS TMZ PAYING YOU TO BE A DUMB ASS KLOWN

1645 days ago
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Styna    

So0o0o so0o0o sad. Let his family, children and Kandi be in everybodies thoughts and prayers. Death is really hard for people, and they need love and support from fans. It does help!

1645 days ago
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datwomeniscrazy    

#4 you got it. 30 somethings fist fighting? C'mon bro you supposed to be a home miserable like the rest of us. I got a 'cold one' and a remote control... I'm good. I retired from that night club game long ago!!

1645 days ago
9.

DR SICK    

Wonder if any of is 4 kids from 4 different baby moms have it? Too bad for Kandi, I like her. But maybe it's for the best in case she wanted children as it's inherited.

1645 days ago
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lsc    

Man this is awful!! My heart goes out to his family!! I have sickle cell disease also and it's the devil. It's hard to live a normal life. You have to take precautions for everything. It's a crazy disease that I pray they find a cure for!!

1645 days ago
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tom    

Sickle cell could be a factor in his death ... either that or getting beat up in strip club parking lot.

1645 days ago

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