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Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst has been found dead from an apparent suicide.
Kryst’s body was found outside on the sidewalk of her high-rise apartment building in Manhattan, at 7:05 Sunday morning.
According to New York City police, the young woman jumped from her apartment.
It is unclear if Kryst jumped from her apartment, which is on the 9th-floor, or from a higher floor. The last place she was seen alive was the 29th floor on Sunday, January 30, 2022.
A suicide note was reportedly left by her, leaving her belongings to her mother. Kryst was 30-year old.
Her family wrote on Sunday that “her light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength.”
Kryst’s last public words were, “May this day bring you rest and peace”, followed by an emoji of a heart; she posted on Instagram.
The news of her death is shocking the world as well as her family, friends, and fans. However, it also elevates the growing suicide crisis among Black Americans and underscores the importance and need for mental healthcare.
Such incredibly sad news about #CheslieKryst
Depression creates deep despair & an overwhelming illusion that there’s no way forward in life
Remember: looking good & doing good things doesn’t = feeling/thinking “good”
Check on YOU, too
National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 pic.twitter.com/913b4ZVAnY
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 31, 2022
Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss North Carolina and went on to become Miss USA in 2019 and represented the United States at Miss Universe 2019 where she placed 10th. For her work as a New York correspondent for Extra, Kryst was nominated for Outstanding Entertainment News Program at the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2020. The following year, as part of the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards, she was nominated for the same award.
Lastly, Kryst is survived by her four brothers, Asa, Chandler, Jet, and Brooklyn, and a sister, and her parents.