Cheslie Kryst, the 2019 Miss USA pageant winner and correspondent for the entertainment news show “Extra,” has died at the age of 30.
The police reported that Kryst jumped from a residential building in Manhattan in the morning hours of Sunday. His family confirmed his death in a statement.
“It is with devastation and great sorrow that we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie.”said the statement.
“Its great light was what inspired others around the world with its beauty and strength. She loved, laughed and shone. Cheslie embodied love and service to others, whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA, and as a host of EXTRA. But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and colleague, we know her impact will live on.”said his family.
Kryst, was a former athlete and attorney from North Carolina, she won the Miss USA pageant in May 2019 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant that year. When Kryst was crowned, it marked more than a personal triumph, it meant that, for the first time, three black women were the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
In a statement this Sunday, the entertainment program “Extra” said it was Kryst “not only was 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 of her family and friends of hers.”
The University of South Carolina mourned the death of the former student and athlete, whom they described as “a woman of many talents.” Kryst also earned an MBA from Wake Forest University.
Republican Senator from North Carolina, Thom Tillis recalled meeting with Kryst in 2019 to discuss issues plaguing his home state.
According to the police, Kryst’s body was found at approximately 7 am Sunday in front of the Orion Building, a skyscraper on West 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
Shortly before jumping Kryst posted on her Instagram account, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
Kryst, who lived on the ninth floor of the building, was alone when she jumped and was last seen on a terrace on the 29th floor..
The sources said that Kryst left a note saying that she wanted to leave everything to her mothera former beauty pageant competitor who was crowned Miss North Carolina in 2002. The note did not include a reason for Kryst’s actions, the sources said.
“Not only was she beautiful, but she was smart, she was a lawyer,” a law enforcement source said of Kryst. “She has a life that anyone would be jealous of…she is so sad.”
Former Miss North Carolina, Kryst won top honors at the 2019 Miss USA pageant, donning a sparkly wingsuit for the National Costume competition, a nod to Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
In October 2019, Kryst spoke out on Facebook for World Mental Health Day and offered advice on dealing with stress.
“I do a lot to make sure I keep my sanity,” he said. “And the most important thing I did was talk to a counselor. It is very easy to talk to her. She gives me great strategies, especially if I’m sad or happy or have a busy month ahead of me.”
“When I’m not talking to my counselor, I take time at the end of each day to just relax,” Kryst added. “I disconnect, I turn off the phone, I don’t answer messages. I just sit and watch my favorite movies.”
In 2020 he spoke about it again in an interview with The Hilltop.
“There are three things that I’m doing when it comes to self-care,” Kryst said. “No. 1, I try to set a regular time for my alarm to go off every day at 6:45. I know I’m getting up and I’m starting my day.
“Two, I try to set very clear boundaries, so even though I’m home and I have my computer, my phone with me, I stop responding to emails at 6 o’clock, I don’t respond to messages anymore. It’s over.”
Third, he said, “I have a regular exercise program that keeps my body healthy and my mind sharp.”
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