Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst, has died after jumping from a building in Manhattan, according to New York City Police Department. She was 30.
Authorities said Kryst died on Sunday, January 31, after jumping from a 60-story building at 350 W. 42nd Street in New York City around 7:15 a.m. local time.
Her family released a statement which reads,
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie.
“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.”
The beauty queen posted an Instagram photo of herself before her death with the caption: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
Kryst was an attorney who sought to help reform America’s justice system. She received three degrees from two universities.
Hailing from North Carolina, Kryst practiced civil litigation for a law firm and worked to help prisoners who may have been sentenced unjustly get reduced punishments, free of charge.
“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 EXTRA,” her statement said.
“But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague — we know her impact will live on.”
Kryst, who was licensed to practice in two states, earned her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University and completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, where she was a track athlete.
Kryst also worked as a correspondent for entertainment news site ExtraTV.
“Our hearts are broken,” the company said in a statement. “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.
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