Anna Shay starred in the show Bling Empire, which follows the lives of wealthy Asian American socialites based in Los Angeles.
The programme was often described as the real-life ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.
Tragically, People magazine has confirmed that Shay has unexpectedly passed away aged 62.
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In a statement, the reality TV star’s family has revealed that she died from a stroke.
It reads: “It saddens our hearts to announce that Anna Shay, a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and our brightest ray of sunshine, has passed away at the early age of 62 from a stroke.
“Anna taught us many life lessons on how not to take life too seriously and to enjoy the finer things. Her impact on our lives will be forever missed but never forgotten.”
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Shay was last active on Instagram in December when she wished her followers a happy holiday season while giving extra thanks to Netflix.
After hearing the tragic news about the star, many of her fans have taken to social media and paid tribute.
“RIP Anna Shay, absolute icon,” one person pens.
Another adds: “Queen of the Bling Empire. RIP Anna Shay.”
Somebody else comments: “RIP to the larger-than-life personality Anna Shay. My favourite Anna quote was ‘She will never compete with what I was born into’.”
Shay quickly became a fan favourite on Bling Empire and many people were left curious how she had amassed such a huge wealth.
In a confessional during season one, Kane Lim said: “Anna Shay is half-Japanese and half-Russian and super, super wealthy.”
Lim went on to claim that Shay had accrued her fortune from ‘weapons’, which Shay disputed.
The late star told People: “I asked him, ‘Why did you say my dad was in arms?’.
“He goes, ‘I don’t know’. He thought he knew, but maybe he didn’t know and was just guessing.”
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According to NBC, Shay’s fortune was actually accrued through her father, the founder of Pacific Architects and Engineers – a global contractor for American defence services which dates back to the 1960s.
Prior to Shay’s passing, it was confirmed that Bling Empire and its NYC spinoff show had been cancelled by Netflix, as per Deadline.
Shay is survived by her son, Kenny Kemp. The statement also alludes to the fact the star has grandchildren, however, their identities aren’t publically known.
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