When the famous and beautiful die drugs are often in play, but this time it was not the case.
Former Miss South Dakota Samantha Edwards did not die due to drugs, as was first postulated, but rather a rare heart condition.
Edwards, who was 37 when she died, suffered arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, which causes abnormal heart rhythms that can eventually lead to death, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office reported Thursday, according to the Associated Press. She was found on June 14 in her Minneapolis apartment.
Edwards competed in the 2003 Miss USA pageant and had been working as a freelance makeup artist, the AP reported.
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Following her passing, the Miss USA organization released a statement on Facebook.
Her best friend, Miss Minnesota USA 2004 Jessica Dereschuk, made several emotional posts on social media. But none were more touching than her June 25 entry on Instagram.
Losing you has been the hardest thing I have had to deal with in life thus far. Normally, when facing life’s trials, something hard or scary, you were either by my side or on the phone to help me through. But now for my biggest, scariest trial, you’re not here to turn to. Not in the flesh anyways. Losing someone you love affects you. It’s a deep ache. It’s a hurt that doesn’t go away even when your tears have dried. It quite literally feels like a piece of you is missing. And ultimately it’s confusing. There are questions. Questions to God, questions as to why, questioning of our own lives. And there are not enough answers, none suitable anyways. Death doesn’t come with a handbook. There is no manual for grieving, no protocol for healing. We do the best we can and try to find comfort in small moments. Replay memories in our mind like slideshows. There is no “aha moment” to wait for. No magic moment where the pain will subside. The best I think we can do, is to look for our loved ones everywhere and in everything. To continue to talk to them and about them frequently. To laugh at things they would laugh at. To honor their lives, by living ours, even on the days when it hurts. Samie may not be here to walk alongside me and make memories anymore. But I know she is still with me. Because not even death, can take away love. ❤️ “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
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