Miss USA 20-19 Cheslie Kryst’s friends, loved ones, and colleagues are mourning her loss and paying moving tributes to her legacy. An N-Y-P-D representative confirmed to E! News that Cheslie, who was only 30 years old, died on January 30th after falling from a “higher elevation” of a 60-story New York building.
Although the official cause of death has not been determined, investigators believe she committed suicide. “In devastation and tremendous sadness, we share the departure of our darling Cheslie,” Cheslie’s family said in a statement. Her magnificent light, with its beauty and strength, inspired others all around the world. She was a woman who cared, loved, laughed, and shone.”
“Cheslie personified love and helped others whether via her work advocating for social justice, as Miss USA, or as a host on EXTRA,” the statement read. But most significantly, we know her effect will continue as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and colleague.”
Many celebrities and fans who loved Cheslie shared their sadness and grief on social media after learning of her demise. “… she was one of the brightest, nicest, and most loving women we have ever had the luxury of knowing, and she lit up every room she entered,” the Miss Universe and Miss USA organizations wrote in an I-G post. Our entire community is devastated by her death, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.”
“Rest in Peace angel,” Olivia Culpo, a fellow Miss USA alum, and former Miss Universe wrote on her Instagram story. What a heartbreaking loss.” “Extra,” Cheslie’s old workplace, have also expressed their dissatisfaction with her departure. “Our hearts are shattered. Cheslie was not only an important element of our show, but she was also a cherished member of our “Extra” family who had an impact on the entire crew. We send our heartfelt condolences to her entire family and friends.”
Victor Cruz, a TV broadcaster and former NFL player, posted a photo with the caption, “Just the sweetest, most beautiful spirit you could come across.” We had so much joy working together on the red carpets. Today my heart is burdened. Check up on all of your friends, including the amusing ones. Cheslie, take it easy.”
“Devastating,” Mulan’s Ming-Na Wen said alongside a photo of Cheslie interviewing her. It’s so tragic. Only two weeks ago, Cheslie Kryst interviewed us. She was stunning, charming, and enthralling. I’m shaken to my core. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, coworkers, and admirers.
Cheslie, rest in peace.”
“Dear God, hearing the news of Cheslie Kryst’s death is terrible,” said talk show host Tamron Hall on Twitter. Witnessing Cheslie’s courage was a remarkable experience, and hearing her recount her path to Miss USA was even more so. Cheslie’s family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”
If you recall, when Cheslie was elected Miss USA in 20-19, she created history by becoming the first Black woman to win all three national pageants in the same year. Cheslie, along with the Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA titleholders, appeared on Tamron’s show to talk about breaking down barriers in the pageant world. “Even if I’m a Black woman– even if there haven’t been that many Black women to win this title, my mom achieved it, and I can too,” she stated in the same interview.
Countless internet fans were equally shocked that someone they admired so much had passed away far too young. “So sad and shocking,” one guy tweeted. “Prayers for her and her family during this difficult time.” “I’m so sorry for her family, friends, and additional tv family,” another individual remarked.
In her work for you, she appeared to be having a lot of fun. Damn!” “Wow, she was an amazing lady and loved by a lot,” this fan said. Suicide is a real thing, and mental illness is a genuine thing.” Cheslie’s capacity to break down barriers and bring light into the world inspires us to strive for greatness.
(Image Source: Cheslie Kryst Instagram)