It’s heartbreaking news as Cheslie Kryst, 2019 winner of the Miss USA pageant and correspondent for the beloved celebrity news program “Extra,” has died by suicide.
The pageant winner, an attorney leaped to her death from a high-rise Manhattan apartment where she had an apartment, according to the New York Police Department. She was found dead in New York City early on Sunday morning.
Her family confirmed the devastating news:
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” the statement said. “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.”
In a statement Sunday, “Extra” called her “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.
Shortly before her death, Kryst posted a picture on Instagram in which she wrote: “may this day bring you rest and peace”.
Kryst’s historic victory to clinch the Miss USA 2019 title graced major headlines across the world as one of the three black women to win America’s biggest beauty pageants same year (Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe).
Kryst had been open about her struggle with mental health and had benefited from counselling services.
Kryst is survived by her parents and five brothers and sisters.