The Heartbreaking Death Of Cheslie Kryst, Former Miss USA

Cheslie Kryst has died at the age of 30, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The former Miss USA and "Extra" correspondent, died by suicide, the New York Police Department confirmed. Her body was found near the Orion Condominium building in Manhattan, where she resided on the 9th floor

The former beauty queen's family released a statement about her death. "In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie," the statement read. "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.' But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague — we know her impact will live on."

They've asked for privacy after Kryst's death. "Extra" also released a statement about the correspondent's death. "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 anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

Cheslie Kryst had a career in law and television

Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA title in 2019, representing North Carolina, The Hollywood Reporter reported. According to Variety, she went on to compete in the Miss Universe competition, representing the United States, and she placed in the top 10. In addition to her work as an "Extra" correspondent, which earned her two Daytime Emmy Award nominations, Kryst also appeared several other times on television, including appearances on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," "Live With Kelly And Ryan," and "Black Girl Beauty." She also appeared as Miss USA in "Colin in Black and White," created by Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay.

In addition to her work in television and with Miss USA, Kryst also earned both a law degree and an MBA from Wake Forest University, and she was a practicing attorney at one point. She also served as the company ambassador when she modeled for Express, and Kryst sat on the National Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

The former pageant winner recently shared a close-up photo of herself on Instagram, captioning it, "May this day bring you rest and peace." After learning of her death, fans, friends, and others replied with their heartfelt condolences.