Bling Empire star dies at 62 – .

Anna Shay was an heiress and socialite who starred on the Netflix reality series “Bling Empire.” 

Anna Shay’s legacy 

A native of Japan who immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child, Shay was one of the wealthy Asians and Asian-Americans profiled on “Bling Empire,” the reality show that has been called the real-world version of the book and movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” Her family’s wealth stemmed from the defense contracting company founded by her father, Pacific Architects and Engineers.  

Sharing both Japanese and Russian heritage, Shay’s style made her a fan favorite on “Bling Empire.” Fans were introduced to her in the show’s first episode as she tore into a wall of her closet with a hammer while wearing a formal red gown and diamond necklace. Shay continued to delight viewers as a key part of the show’s gossipy drama. 

Notable quote 

“I don’t feel this need to compete. I find it fiercely annoying.” —from an episode of “Bling Empire”  

Tributes to Anna Shay 

Full obituary: People 

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