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Cheslie Kryst, a former winner of the Miss USA pageant, has died after taking her own life, authorities have confirmed.
Kryst, 30, won the beauty pageant in 2019 as a participant from North Carolina, and had also forged a successful career in law after gaining a degree and MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Wake Forest University.
In a statement, her family paid tribute to Kryst’s ‘great light’, saying: “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.”
Her family members added: “But most importantly as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague - we know her impact will live on.”
While they did not disclose a cause of death, the New York Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Cheslie died by suicide.
Just hours before her death, a post on Kryst’s Instagram was shared with the caption: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
As well as working as a lawyer and model, Kryst was also a reporter for ExtraTV.
Following the news of her death, the company said in a statement: “Our hearts are broken.
“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.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of isolation and distress or thoughts of suicide, The Samaritans are on hand to help you through the most difficult times.
You can also call MIND on 0300 123 3393 or CALM on 0800 58 58 58.
In the USA, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is in need of mental health assistance urgently.
The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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