Doc: Sickle Cell a Factor in 'Housewives' Death

10/15/2009 2:18 PM PDT
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.