Ashley Ross, known to fans of the Lifetime reality show “Little Women: Atlanta” as “Ms. Minnie,” died from injuries following a “hit and run car accident,” her representative confirmed. She was 34.
The reality star died Monday at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, representative Liz Dixson told USA TODAY. She had been involved in an accident the night before on Old National Highway.
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm on behalf of the family of Ashley Ross aka ‘Ms Minnie’ of Little Women Atlanta has succumbed to injuries from a tragic hit and run car accident today at the age of 34,” read a statement from Ross’ management on her Instagram account. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Ross was one of the founding cast members of “Little Women: Atlanta,” a Lifetime reality show based in Georgia that chronicles the lives of women with dwarfism.
“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,’” the network said in a statement to USA TODAY provided by representative Theresa Black. “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.”
Tonya Renee Banks, a fellow “Little Women: Atlanta” cast member, mourned Ross early Tuesday morning.
“Ms Minnie you will be missed, (rest in heaven) girlie,” she captioned an Instagram post of the two of them posing together. “My condolences to her friends and family”
Ross was working as a hair stylist in before joining the show. “The opportunity came and fell into my lap and I ran with it,” she said in a 2016 interview with The Breakfast Club, adding that her co-stars referred to her as “Mama Bear.”
“Everybody in the whole group comes to me for advice and stuff,” she said. “I’m always the peacemaker.”