Cheslie Kryst, the winner of the 2019 Miss USA pageant, has died after allegedly jumping from her high-rise apartment in Manhattan, New York.
According to New York Post, the 30-year-old model jumped from the 60-storey Orion building where she had an apartment on the ninth floor on Sunday.
Sources told the media outlet that the attorney, who sought to help reform America’s justice system, was alone when she jumped and was last seen on a 29th-floor terrace.
Kryst’s death comes hours after she posted a cryptic note which read: “May this day bring you rest and peace” on her Instagram page.
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In a statement, her family said her demise has caused them “great sorrow”. The family also lauded her heroics, adding that she “inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength.”
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Extra TV, the company where she was working as a reporter before her death, also penned a touching tribute to her.
“Our hearts are broken. 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,” it said.
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