Cheslie Kryst, a former Miss USA died Sunday morning at the age of 30.
Kryst, who was crowned Miss USA in 2019, died after jumping from a building in Manhattan, according to New York City Police Department.
Her family confirmed her death in a statement which read, “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.”
“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. But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague – we know her impact will live on,” her family said.
Kryst, who was licensed to practice in two states, earned her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University and completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, where she was a track athlete.
When Kryst was crowned Miss USA in 2019, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three Black women were the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
Kryst also worked as a correspondent for entertainment news site ExtraTV.
“Our hearts are broken,” the company 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.”
Besides working in law, she operated a blog on fashion, White Collar Glam, for women’s workwear and volunteered for Dress for Success.
According to police, Kryst’s body was found at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday in front of the Orion building, a high-rise on West 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.
Only hours before jumping, Kryst wrote on her Instagram page, “May this day bring you rest and peace,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself.
There was no explanation for her actions.
May her soul rest in peace. 🙏🏽