Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst was pronounced dead on Sunday morning, Jan. 30, after she jumped from the 29th floor of the 60-story Orion condominium building in New York City.
The Associated Press citing police, said that Kryst, the 2019 winner of the Miss USA pageant and a correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra,” died at the age of 30.
According to police, Kryst’s body was found at about 7 a.m. on Sunday in front of the Orion building on West 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan. Police were called there on a report that a woman jumped from a terrace.
According to Fox News, the NYPD suspects Kryst was dead of suicide. However, after an autopsy, the medical examiner will ultimately rule on the cause behind it.
Kryst’s family confirmed her death in a 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,” the statement said.
The Miss Universe and Miss USA Organizations also issued a joint statement, saying, “She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing, and she lit up every room she entered. Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”
Kryst, a former civil litigation attorney won Miss USA in 2019. She worked as an entertainment news correspondent for Extra TV, where she was nominated for an Emmy.
In its statement, Extra TV said, “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.”
Hours before she died, Kryst posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”