HollywoodLife.com spoke with Ashley’s sister Jennifer about her sister’s unexpected suicide on Feb. 6 when she jumped off the George Washington Bridge after she was bullied on Facebook. She talked about Ashley, 22, and when they will hold her funeral.
Ashley Riggitano‘s family would like to celebrate her life and they are speaking out exclusively to HollywoodLife.com. We talked to Ashley’s sister Jennifer Riggitano, who gave us the first official statement on Ashley’s tragic suicide.
Ashley’s Family Releases First Statement To HollywoodLife.com
Ashley’s sister spoke out to us on behalf of the Riggitano family: “We will be focusing on the issue publicly within the next few weeks and we are celebrating my sister’s life and we would like everyone to respect our privacy as we grieve.”
Ashley’s Funeral & Wake Details
HollywoodLife.com can tell you that Ashley’s wake will be held on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Beckers Funeral Home in Westwood, New Jersey.
Ashley’s funeral will be held on Feb. 13 at Our Lady of Visitation in Paramus, NJ at 10am.
A Family Friend Calls Ashley ‘Fabulous’ & Reveals She Did Suffer From Depression
We spoke to a family friend who tells us that Ashley did suffer from depression but that should not overshadow her life.
“We haven’t wrapped our heads around the situation,” the friend who wished to be unidentified tells us. “She suffered from depression and put up a hard fight. Her favorite book was Eat Pray Love and she highlighted it and put post-its all over the book and her apartment would have saying from the book everywhere. She would talk to her mom and sister about their life path. She did everything she could to pull herself out of the depression. She was a fabulous girl.”
The friend also tells us that if any of the girls listed in the suicide note by Ashley show up to the funeral “they will be politely asked to leave.”
The friend also confirmed that Ashley was single at the time of her death.
Ashley’s Tragic Death
We told you that Ashley leapt off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on Feb. 6 leaving behind a note in her Louis Vuitton bag.
The note read: “To any funeral, these people should not be allowed based upon words and actions.”
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