Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst reportedly jumped to her death from a New York high-rise building on Sunday morning, according to NYPD sources.
Kryst — who was just 30 years old at the time of her death — resided on the ninth floor of the Orion building on West 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan; she was last seen on a 29th-floor balcony.
Police reportedly found Kryst after being called to the 60-story New York City condo building at 7:05 a.m., Fox News reported.
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In addition to her Miss USA crown, Kryst’s achievements included an MBA and law degree from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate business degree from the University of South Carolina. She was a practicing civil litigation attorney, frequently doing pro bono work assisting prisoners who felt they had been sentenced unjustly. Kryst was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a correspondent for Extra TV.
She even made time to run a fashion blog, White Collar Glam, and to volunteer for Dress for Success.
Kryst posted to Instagram shortly before her death, writing “May this day bring you rest and peace” next to a photo of herself.
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Her family provided this statement: “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. 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. But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague — we know her impact will live on.”
Reaction has been swift and heartfelt.
“CBS Mornings” host Gayle King wrote on Instagram: “This hurts… and I can’t stop thinking about the lovely Cheslie Kryst. She was walking sunshine to me. I knew her… cared about her… and am deeply saddened. How to explain the unexplainable?”
The Miss Universe organization released the following statement on Twitter: “She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing … our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
We are devastated to learn about the loss of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst. She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family right now. pic.twitter.com/fuJHXeMnHa
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) January 31, 2022
Cheslie Kryst was so beautiful with such a nice personality. I’m sorry she has died and in such a tragic manner. She had so much going for herself. I hope the case will be properly investigated. Answers need to be obtained. My condolences to her family.https://t.co/juMNdW9RhN
— Aisha (@aishamusic) January 31, 2022
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said he was “heartbroken to hear about the tragic death” in a tweet.
I am heartbroken to hear about the tragic death of former Miss North Carolina & Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. I enjoyed meeting her in my office in 2019, where we discussed a number of issues affecting North Carolinians. Susan & I are praying for her family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/RPMCUOQufM
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) January 30, 2022
Miss Universe 2021 winner Harnaaz Sandhu recalled her time with Kryst, noting that the 2019 Miss USA winner had interviewed her after Harnaaz claimed the 2021 crown; Harnaaz said that the conversation was fun-filled and all smiles. She said that Kryst was “an inspiration to many” and that this news was “heartbreaking” and “devastating” to her.
A representative of Extra shared this 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. Our hearts are broken.”
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