Did FACEBOOK Rants Lead to a NY Fashionista’s Death?

Ashley Anne Riggitano left behind handwritten notes in her Louis Vuitton bag containing the names of her Frenemies.

On Wednesday, February 6th the young blonde leaped to her death off the George Washington Bridge on her 22nd birthday.

According to the New York Post, Ashley Anne deliberately placed her designer handbag in the walkway of the famous New York bridge before leaping from a point midway in the Jersey-bound lanes of the upper level.

Commuters looked on in horror as she plunged into the Hudson River and sank into the watery depths, from which the harbor patrol pulled out her body shortly afterwards.

‘To any funeral, these people should not be allowed based upon words and actions,’ Ashley Anne wrote in her notes about the five women.

She also mentioned three others by first name only, calling them ‘only people I love & always there to tell sorry.’

“All my other ‘friends’ are in it for gossip, never there.”

Riggitano, from Paramus, New Jersey, also vented her anger at a man whom she claimed mistreated her and although she did want him to attend her subsequent memorial, she hoped he “gets what he deserves” while there.

The pretty aspiring designer had a history of emotional issues and had tried to commit suicide at least once before, and the prescription drugs Adderall (prescribed for ADHD) and Klonopin (treats panic attacks and seizures) were both found in her purse.

Ashley Anne graduated from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) in Manhattan.

Ashley Anne has interned at high-profile fashion companies including Alex Woo, Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller, and began her own business called Missfits LLC., where she hand crafted bracelets made out of semi precious gemstones.

“We are two Jersey girls who grew up one poof of Tinkerbell’s fairy dust from culturally rich NYC,” the Missfits website reads.

“And although we hail from the Garden State, it is Manhattan that we will always call home.”

On Wednesday, Ashley Anne’s business partner, Victoria Van Thunen, wrote a scathing message on her Facebook page slamming her best friend and business partner.

“Those who incessantly blame others as the cause of their issues should perhaps take a step back and reevaluate these situations,” wrote Victoria. “The common thread may be that ‘they’ aren’t the problem, but rather that YOU are.’”

On Friday, the quintet of ‘frenemies‘ singled out by Ashley Anne on her grudge list were identified by a New York Post source as Alison Tinari, Teresa Castaldo, Beth Bassil, Ashley Anne‘s best friend and business partner, Victoria Van Thunen, and Samantha Horneff.

Teresa Castaldo and Beth Bassil were the former classmates at LIM, and Horneff was a friend from New Jersey.

‘Go try to kill yourself on Xanax again, you unstable [sic] loser. Go f*** yourself and never speak to me again,’ Alison wrote in a Facebook message directed at Ashley Anne.

In early January, Ashley Anne had a two-day Facebook spat with Alison over her friendship with the jewelry designer’s boyfriend, aspiring race car driver Drew Heissenbuttel.

Alex Woo stated that Ashley Anne had a distinct New York City style and always appeared put together, which made others in the fashion community embrace her as one of their own.

On her company’s Facebook page in the ‘About Me‘ section she wrote:

My name is Ashley Riggitano or those who know me know I go by Ashley Anne. I am originally from Bergen county NJ but have moved on to downtown Manhattan. I study fashion merchandising at Lim College. I have always had a strong passion for fashion especially jewelry.
Even when I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to be a designer. I always had the desire to start up a jewelry line and what way better than to start it with my best friend and partner Victoria.
She adds that she is ‘Creative, Wild, carefree, loves the color pink, the beach, and skinny vanilla latte.

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