Miss USA Cheslie Kryst's beauty queen mom April Simpkins mourns 'my best friend' after pageant star's suicide

THE devastated mom of former Miss USA winner Cheslie Kryst says she has lost her "best friend" following the beauty queen's suicide.

Pageant star Kryst, 30, was tragically found dead on a pavement in New York City on Sunday after falling from her high-rise apartment.


Her heartbroken mom April Simpkins reportedly spoke to Gayle King on Monday – telling the CBS anchor: " Cheslie wasn’t just my daughter; she was my best friend."

Kryst is said to have left behind a note saying that “she wanted to leave everything” to her beauty pageant mom.

In an emotional piece for Oprah Daily, King wrote: "I spoke with Cheslie’s mother and stepfather yesterday, and her mom told me, 'Cheslie wasn’t just my daughter; she was my best friend'.

"Months earlier, Cheslie had told me the exact same thing: Her mother was her best friend.

"Not only is her family shattered, but everybody who knew or worked with Cheslie is walking around in shock."

Police sources told The New York Post that Kryst left a note behind for her mom, who was awarded the gong of Mrs North Carolina United States in 2002.

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The beauty pageant winner previously said her mum had inspired her.

She said: "My mom is my role model. I always look up to her and ask her for her advice."

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Meanwhile, Kryst's grieving Rodney dad has hailed his late daughter as "pure" in a heart-wrenching tribute.

“She was pure as can be, she didn’t take any kind of drugs or prescription medication,” the 62-year-old told The Post.

"She never had any kind of substance abuse problem.”

"I think it had a lot to do with family dysfunction, but it will be a while before we can talk more. She was sad.”

It comes after medical examiners conducted an autopsy Monday and today confirmed the ex-Miss USA winner died from suicide.

Kryst lived alone in her plush apartment located in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan after moving in last September.

Less than a year before her death, she revealed that she spent eight days in the hospital and wrote about “running out of time” in a chilling essay.

The beauty queen penned a heartbreaking piece about turning 30 where she discussed her struggles with aging, her work ethic, and her search for purpose.

Kryst wrote: “Turning 30 feels like a cold reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in society’s eyes – and it’s infuriating.”

The beauty pageant winner said she “cringed” at the thought of reaching the age.

Hours before her death, Kryst uploaded a chilling post on Instagram of herself captioned: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”


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