Bling Empire matriarch Anna Shay has passed away at the age of 62, according to PEOPLE. Her family confirmed that she died unexpectedly from a stroke. In a statement, they described her as a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and a bright ray of sunshine. They expressed their sadness at her loss and highlighted the life lessons she taught them about not taking life too seriously and enjoying the finer things. Anna Shay gained popularity as a fan favorite on the inaugural season of the Netflix show Bling Empire, which premiered in 2021.
Anna Shay’s wealth became a topic of intrigue among fans, with speculation surrounding its source. While one of her co-stars suggested it was obtained from “weapons,” Anna disputed the claim, stating that her father was the founder of Pacific Architects and Engineers, a global contractor for American defense services. She was half-Japanese and half-Russian.
Reflecting on her unexpected success from being on Bling Empire, Anna admitted that she never anticipated being in front of the camera. Despite her shyness, she embraced the situation and remained true to herself. In the most recent season of the show, she advised her co-stars to prioritize things beyond superficialities and material possessions.
Anna Shay’s last Instagram activity was in December, where she wished her followers a happy holiday season and expressed gratitude to Netflix. She is survived by her son Kenny Kemp, and the statement mentioned her grandchildren without disclosing their identities.
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