Ashley ‘Minnie’ Ross was an actress in the Lifetime reality series Little Women: Atlanta, a series that follows little ladies who work and live in Atlanta.
She was the ”Mama Bear” of the group as all of the ladies seek her approval on everything.
She was born on October 21, 1984, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ross attended Brainerd High School and Chattanooga State Community College (a public community college in Chattanooga, Tennessee).
Before joining Little Women: Atlanta, she worked as a hairstylist.
Little Women: Atlanta
She was a main cast member on Little Women: Atlanta, an American reality television series that follows the lives of:
- the Salinas twins “Tiny Twinz”;
- Emily Fernandez;
- Abira Greene;
- Samantha Ortiz;
- Tanya Scott;
- Shirlene “Juicy” Pearson;
- Tiffany “Monie” Cashette;
- Briana Barlup;
- Ashley Ross.
In the summer of 2017, Minnie was rushed to the ER and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
CHF was not linked to her dwarfism.
Congestive heart failure is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of the heart muscles.
It is frequently caused by other conditions which weaken the heart, like:
- inflammation to the heart muscle;
- heart attack;
- high blood pressure (hypertension);
- coronary heart disease;
- faulty heart valves;
- congenital heart disease.
Ross was in an on-and-off relationship with Pastor Troy. Troy is famous for his ability to pronounce words very fast and his long dreadlock hairstyle.
In 2016, it was reported that Pastor Troy is the father of Minnie’s baby. Eventually, this turns up to be a lie.
Since 2019, Ashley had been dating music producer Slickbeatz.
Ashley was 4 feet and 3 inches tall.
She was a guest on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, a radio show which is co-hosted by Shirlene “Ms.Juicy” King Pearson, the main cast member on the series – ”Little Women: Atlanta.”
On June 17, 2019, she was arrested in Chattanooga on suspicion of DUI.
Note – DUI is an acronym that represents the act of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to reports, Minnie was asked to recite the alphabet from E to W, however, she kept going to Z. The reality star was found asleep at the wheel by the police officers.
She had Achondroplasia Dwarfism, a type of rare genetic bone disorder. Reproductive function and intelligence are unaffected.
The disorder is caused by a gene alteration in the FGFR3 gene. It occurs in one in every 15,000 to one in 40,000 live births.
About 4 out of 5 children with the disorder are born to average-size parents.
On April 27, 2020, Ashley Ross died at Grady Memorial Hospital from injuries following a car accident on Old National Highway.
She was 34.
Her management said in a statement: “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.”
Tonya Banks wrote on her Instagram: “Ms. Minnie you will be missed, (rest in heaven) girlie.” Banks added: “My condolences to her friends and family.”
”Minnie why did you have to leave us so soon,” Andrea Salinas said. ”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.”
Briana Barlup wrote: ”Damn, I can’t believe I’m waking up to this, I’m so lost for words, My heart goes out to her family.”
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”My mom, she’s my rock. She’s my best friend. She sat down with me one day and said, ‘You have people staring at you. Give them something to stare at.’”
”People were bullying and teasing and pointing and staring. People stared constantly. You get people who try to take pictures of you on the side.”
”I went to my hometown yesterday – I went to the mall – and I couldn’t even step one foot in the mall. People were just running and taking pictures with me. I really felt like Justin Bieber or something.”
”The everyday struggle that little people go through in life. When people say the struggle is real? It’s real. We go through hell and back.”
Ashley ‘Minnie’ Ross – Net Worth
Ross earned most of her wealth from being part of the Little Women: Atlanta series.
She also had an Instagram account with over 326,000 followers, on which she used to publish paid posts. A paid post on an Instagram account of this caliber can easily reach $3,000. Therefore, at the time of her death, Ashley ‘Minnie’ Ross had an estimated net worth of about $1 million.
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