Lifetime’s ‘Little Women: Atlanta’ cast member Ashley “Ms. Minnie” Ross died on Monday, April 27, at the age of 34. The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 28, on social media by her management team.
In the statement, Ross’ management team said that the reality star had “succumbed to injuries from a tragic hit and run car accident” that occurred on Sunday, April 26.
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm on behalf of the family of Ashley Ross aks ‘Ms Minne’ of ‘Little Women: Atlanta’ has succumbed to injuries from a tragic hit and run accident today at the age of 34. The family asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Ross died at Grady Memorial Hospital nearly 24 hours after her accident which took place on Old National Hwy.
According to South Fulton police, Ross’ Nissan Sentra hit a curb along Old National Highway near the intersection of Lantern Lane. She lost control, crossed into the northbound lanes and hit a Ford Focus head-on.
Ross rose to stardom in 2016, when “Little Women: Atlanta” premiered on Lifetime. For five seasons, the show has depicted the lives of a group of women in Atlanta with dwarfism, most of who are African American.
A Tennessee native, Ross was a founding castmember and had remained on the show for all five seasons, along with Tiffany “Monie” Cashette, Shirlene “Ms. Juicy” Pearson, and Amanda and Andrea Salinas, known as the “Tiny Twinz.”
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, April 28, Lifetime gave a statement about Ross’ passing.
“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. “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 had begun filming for the show’s sixth season, but the coronavirus pandemic halted production. The season was expected to premiere sometime this year.
Ross’ castmates posted about their loss on their social media pages.
“Minnie why did you have to leave us so soon? You were such a great friend/mama bear to us since the day we meet in LA To film the pilot shoot for the show I can’t believe this. We are going to miss you. May you rest in peace my Minnie,” said Andrea Salinas on her Instagram page.
Ross is survived by her mother Tammie Jackson. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.