Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 dies
Former queen Cheslie Kryst was found dead after falling from the 29th floor of her New York residence.
On Sunday afternoon, Cheslie Kryst, crowned Miss USA 2019, died after jumping from a building in Manhattan, according to the New York City Police Department.
According to information published by the New York Post, the woman was seen on the 29th floor terrace of the building. Following the sighting, authorities received a call alerting them to the appearance of a lifeless woman on the street, who was identified as Kryst.
"It is with devastation and great sorrow that we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie," her family said in a statement obtained by CNN. "Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shone."
The former queen had posted a photo on Instagram before her death. "May this day bring you rest and peace," she wrote alongside a photo of herself.
The Miss Universe organization and Miss USA weighed in on her passing, "She was one of the brightest, warmest and kindest people we have ever had the privilege to know and she lit up every place she walked into. Our entire organization mourns her loss and our prayers are with her family at this difficult time."
Following her time at the reign Kryst began working as an anchor at entertainment news site ExtraTV.
"Our hearts are broken," the company commented in a statement. "Cheslie wasn't 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 of her family and friends."
The surprise death of the former queen generated shock on social media, where several queens such as current Miss Universe Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu spoke out about the heartbreaking event.
"This is heartbreaking and unbelievable, you were always an inspiration to many. Rest in peace Cheslie," Kaur said alongside a photo she shared on her Instagram stories.
Sofia Aragon, Miss Mexico 2019, also spoke out via Instagram: "Queen, I'm still waiting for someone to tell me this isn't true, my eternal sister! We walked the Top 20 together, hand in hand, dancing and laughing, you will forever be in my heart. Rest in peace my beautiful sister, we won't forget you!".
Former Colombian queen, Gabriela Tafur, also weighed in saying, "Cheslie was kind, sweet, intelligent, strong and beautiful. She left a mark on the lives of the people she met. Mine was no exception. Her words about women's empowerment and beauty pageants were inspiring, I even mention it in my book."
The hypothesis of the young woman's suicide is gaining more and more strength, since a farewell letter was found in the place where the tragedy occurred.
In the note she asked for forgiveness and left everything in the hands of her mother.