Anna Shay dead at 62: Bling Empire star ‘unexpectedly’ dies of stroke
Bling Empire’s Anna Shay has died aged 62.
The reality TV star died suddenly of a stroke, his family revealed in a statement to People.
“It saddens us to announce that Anna Shay, a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star and our brightest ray of sunshine, has died at the age of 62 from a stroke,” says the statement from his family.
“Anna taught us many life lessons about not taking life too seriously and enjoying the good things. His impact on our lives will be forever missed, but not forgotten.
Rest in peace: Bling Empire’s Anna Shay has died aged 62
Sad news: The reality TV star died suddenly of a stroke, his family revealed in a statement to People
The show’s matriarch, who was half-Japanese and half-Russian, was the only daughter of the late billionaire businessman Edward Shay and Japanese-American Ai-San.
Anna’s father founded Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), a defense and government services contractor that has worked with the US government and the United Nations.
She and her younger brother Allen sold PAE to Lockheed Martin in an all-cash, $1.2 billion deal in 2006.
While she was well known in Los Angeles, the socialite kept herself away from the public eye.
“Anna Shay is a really reclusive person,” Kane explains in the first episode of Bling Ring. “Sometimes you see her glimpse, sometimes not.
With a reported net worth of $600 million, she was by far the richest actor.
Wealthy: With a reported net worth of $600 million, she was by far the richest actor
RIP: The show’s matriarch, who was half-Japanese and half-Russian, was the only daughter of the late billionaire businessman Edward Shay and Japanese-American Ai-San
At the premiere, she takes Kelly Mi Li to Paris for her birthday and buys her a “friendship ring” from luxury jeweler Boucheron.
“I bet Anna goes to Paris more times in a year than she goes to Silverlake,” Kelly said during the episode.
The heiress was so rich that she confessed OprahMag.com that she didn’t know what to do with the payments she received for starring in the Netflix series.
“It was so confusing when I got the checks. I didn’t know what to do with them,” she said. “I didn’t cash them, then I got in trouble for not cashing them. I have them in a savings account. I would like to have a party one day. I don’t think the money is mine. I think he belongs to the crew who had to put up with me.
Anna’s son, Kenny Kemp, also appears on the show. He made a name for himself as an “avid stoner” in 2015 after showing BuzzFeed his half-million dollar bong collection.
The glass pipes were stored in a vault in his mother’s Beverly Hills mansion, originally designed to be a wine cellar.