NEW YORK, NY. (THECOUNT) — Cheslie Kryst, former Miss USA and North Carolina lawyer, died Sunday in New York City, officials confirmed. She was 30.

Kryst, who became a correspondent for Extra TV after her Miss USA reign, plunged from her Manhattan apartment building Sunday morning.


Kryst was pronounced dead at the scene of suicide around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Kryst won the Miss USA pageant in 2019 and finished in the top 10 of the Miss Universe pageant that same year. Because of the pandemic, she held the Miss USA title longer than any previous winner (557 days).

“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” her family said in a statement posted on Extra’s website. “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.”


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