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Kandi Burruss Fiance Ashley "A.J." Jewell May Have Fought and Died Over "Respect"

Photo: Ashley "A.J." Jewell and Kandi Burruss in a screen grab from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" on Bravo.

NEW YORK (CBS) The fight that police believe led to Ashley "A.J." Jewell's death may have started because Jewell didn't think he was getting enough respect at the strip club where he worked, authorities say.

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Jewell, who was the on-again-off-again fiancé to Kandi Burruss, a cast member from Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," died Friday, Oct. 2 after sustaining head injuries in a brawl, Atlanta police said. The Medical Examiner has not released an official cause of death, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Another employee of the Body Tap Club, Frederick Richardson, and Jewell "had some words about a business decision… It seems like it was a struggle for power over the club," Lt. Keith Meadows, Atlanta PD Homicide Unit Chief told the paper. Richardson has been arrested for voluntary manslaughter in Jewell's death.

Jewell was planning to purchase a portion of the club, according to Joyce Farley-Sands, spokeswoman for the family.

"Apparently they just didn't like each other," Meadows told reporters. "A.J. felt like he deserved more respect from Richardson and it wasn't given to him," he told the paper.

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