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Cheslie Kryst, the 30-year-old winner of Miss USA 2019, jumped to her death from the 29th floor of the Orion condominium building on Sunday morning, according to the NYPD.
Police were called to the 60-story high-rise in the theater district of Manhattan at 7:05 a.m. on a report that a woman jumped from a terrace.
Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst competes in the Miss Universe pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. December 8, 2019. Picture taken December 8, 2019.
The NYPD said that they suspect Kryst’s death was a suicide, but the medical examiner will ultimately rule on the cause of death after an autopsy. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Kryst, a former civil litigation attorney who received her MBA and law degree from Wake Forest University, won Miss USA in 2019.
“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,” the Miss Universe and Miss USA Organizations said in a joint statement.
“Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”
Host Steve Harvey reacts to a joke by Miss USA Cheslie Kryst during the Miss Universe pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. December 8, 2019.
Her family said Sunday that Kryst “embodied love and served others.”
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” her family said. “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.”
Miss USA Cheslie Kryst attends the world premiere of "Like a Boss" at the SVA Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in New York.
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Kryst worked as an entertainment news correspondent for Extra TV, where she was nominated for an Emmy.
“Our hearts are broken,” Extra TV said in a statement. “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.”
Just hours before Kryst died, she posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
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