AceShowbiz - Cheslie Kryst has tragically passed away. The 2019 Miss USA winner was found dead after taking her own life by jumping from her 29th-floor terrace New York City apartment. She was only 30 years old.
On Sunday, January 30, the beauty catwalk's family confirmed the tragic passing in a statement that read, "In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie." The note continued, "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 EXTRA," Cheslie's family added. "But most importantly as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague -- we know her impact will live on." Her family is asking for privacy in wake of the late beauty queen's death.
Of her passing, law enforcement reported that Cheslie died on Sunday after jumping from a 60-floor building at 350 W. 42nd Street in New York City around 7:15 A.M. local time. Cheslie, who was a lawyer, reportedly lived on the ninth floor of the building and was last seen on a 29th-floor terrace.
Just hours before her death, Cheslie, who was crowned Miss USA as Miss North Carolina in May 2019, shared an alarming post on her Instagram account. Along with a stunning portrait of her, she captioned her post, "May this day bring you rest and peace," adding a red heart emoji.
Upon learning of her sudden death, many of her fellow models offered their condolences. Miss France Iris Mittenaere commented on her Instagram post, "Rest peacefully sweet Angel [broken heart emoji]." Filipino model and actress Marian Rivera left a red heart emoji, while former contestant of 2015 Miss USA penned, "Rest peacefully sister. The world will miss you and the light you shone so bright."
ExtraTV also expressed its sorrow over the death of its reporter and offered its "deepest condolences to all her family and friends" 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," so read the note.