Anna Shay, known for her role in the Netflix reality show “Bling Empire,” has tragically passed away at the age of 62.
The family of Anna Shay confirmed her untimely death in a statement shared with USA TODAY by Netflix. They expressed deep sadness and described Anna as a loving mother, grandmother, charismatic star, and a beacon of light. Anna’s family revealed that she suffered a stroke, leading to her passing at the young age of 62. They celebrated her life, stating that she taught them valuable lessons about not taking life too seriously and embracing the finer things. While her presence will be greatly missed, her impact will never be forgotten.
“Bling Empire,” a popular Netflix series that premiered in 2021, follows the lives of a group of incredibly wealthy Asian American socialites in Los Angeles. The show showcases their opulent lifestyles, filled with lavish parties, extravagant shopping sprees, and private jet travels.
Anna Shay became well-known through the show’s first season, where viewers witnessed her fiery rivalry with fellow wealthy heiress Christine Chiu. The season also delved into a love triangle involving self-made entrepreneur Kelly Mi Li, model Kevin Kreider, and Andrew Gray, an actor known for his role in “Power Rangers.”
Anna Shay never anticipated the immense success of “Bling Empire” or the level of fame it would bring her. In a 2021 interview with People, she confessed her initial hesitations about being in front of the camera, expressing her shyness and stating that she simply went along with the situations that unfolded on the show while being true to herself.
Prior to her appearances on “Bling Empire,” Anna Shay led a predominantly private life. Born in Japan, she was the daughter of American industrialist Edward Shay, who founded Pacific Architects and Engineers, and Ai Oizumi Shay, a woman of Russian and Japanese heritage. According to Tatler, Anna and her brother sold their father’s company for a staggering $1.2 billion in 2006.
Anna Shay had been married four times, although she kept the identities of her ex-husbands out of the public eye. She had a son named Kenny Kemp, as reported by Variety.
Upon learning of Anna Shay’s passing, her co-star Kevin Kreider took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute. He expressed his regret for not treasuring their last meeting and acknowledged the profound impact Anna had on his life. Another co-star from “Bling Empire,” Kim Lee, described the news as a tremendous shock and emphasized her deep love for Anna. Kim highlighted their strong connection off-screen and the wisdom that Anna imparted. Kelly Mi Li, too, posted a carousel of photos on Instagram, paying her respects and expressing eternal sadness over Anna’s departure.
The loss of Anna Shay has left a significant void in the lives of her family, friends, and fans. As they mourn her passing, they fondly remember her unique personality, her glamorous presence on “Bling Empire,” and the invaluable wisdom she shared with them. Anna Shay’s legacy will endure as a symbol of strength and an inspiration to embrace life’s pleasures.