Little Women: Atlanta star Ashley “Minnie” Ross dies following hit and run

Reality television star Ashley Ross, better known as Ms. Minnie on Lifetime’s Little Women: Atlanta, was only 34 years old when she passed away.

Known to Little Women: Atlanta fans as Ms. Minnie, Ashley Ross was involved in a hit-and-run accident in South Fulton, Ga. late Sunday evening. She was reportedly in the driver’s seat when her car was hit, with eyewitnesses confirming that the assailant quickly left the scene of the accident. She was transported to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died the following day.

Originally from Tennessee, Ross appeared as a series regular on the Lifetime reality show Little Women: Atlanta since its inception in 2016. The show features a group of women with dwarfism living and working in the Atlanta area. The show is set to return with a sixth season later in 2020. It is unclear if the season had finished filming prior to Ross’s untimely death. In 2018, she also started her own podcast with rapper Monie Love.

Ms. Minnie was known as the “mama bear” of the group, often the one to plan birthday parties and other celebrations. She was particularly close with twins Andrea and Amanda Salinas, themselves natives of Texas. We often saw Minnie at odds with Shirlene “Ms. Juicy” Pearson, but the two appeared to finally resolve their differences during season five while working together in the Atlanta music scene. In 2017, Ross was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but was shown taking steps in her daily life to reverse her condition.

An official statement was posted on the LittleWomenTV Instagram page:

“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.”

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Ross is survived by her mother, Tammie Jackson (who frequently appeared on the show), grandmother, and other extended family members.