By Babajide Okeowo
Former Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst has died at the age of 30 after jumping from her high-rise New York City apartment.
Cheslie’s body was found at 7:05 a.m. Sunday 30 January on the sidewalk just outside the Orion Condominium building in Manhattan where she resided.
Cheslie won the Miss North Carolina pageant in 2019 and went on to win Miss USA. She also placed in the top ten at Miss Universe later in the year.
Her devastated family confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, and the New York Department later confirmed that her death was by suicide.
Her family released a statement that read: “Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined.
“Cheslie embodied love and served others, whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA and as a host on ExtraTV.
“But most importantly as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague — we know her impact will live on.”
According to the NY Post, Cheslie was home alone when she was last seen on a 29th-floor terrace of the building. She lived on the ninth floor.
She reportedly left a note which said she was leaving all her belongings to her mother.
Hours before her death, Cheslie had posted an image of herself on Instagram with the caption: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
Extra, who Cheslie was working as a correspondent for since October 2019, wrote in a statement: “Our hearts are broken.
“Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”