TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE
Miss USA 2019 and a correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra,” Cheslie Kryst has died at age 30.
According to police report, Kryst jumped from a Manhattan apartment building and was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning. Her family confirmed her death in a statement.
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” the statement 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. 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 in the statement shared via online news.
Authorities said the beauty queen died on Sunday, Jan. 30 after jumping from the 60-story apartment building around 7:15 a.m., New York standard time. She lived in the 9th floor and reports say she was last seen on the 29th floor terrace. It’s also alleged that Kryst left behind a note saying she wanted to leave everything to her mother. The motive for her decision to take her life has not been revealed.
In 2018, Kryst won Miss North Carolina, followed by Miss USA in May 2019. She left her civil-litigation job in Charlotte to move to Midtown. In that time she has become a correspondent for “Extra,” worked on her workwear fashion blog, WhiteCollarGlam.com, and advocated for the charity Dress for Success, which provided professional attire and tools to help women find employment.
Being on a stage was in Kryst’s blood. In 2002, her mother, who works in human resources, won the title Mrs. North Carolina. Her father, a general contractor, used to compete as a bodybuilder.
Chelsie was also a lawyer with a degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and believed pageantry helped her in the courtroom.
“People think [being a lawyer] is all about intellect, but when it comes to clients selecting their attorneys, when it comes to juries, it all comes down to likeability,” she said. “You have to be so cognizant of [that] in pageants, too.
Speaking during an interview in 2019, Cheslie revealed how she dealt with her mental health.
“I do a lot to make sure that I maintain my mental health,” she said. “And the most important thing that I did is talk to a counselor. She’s really easy to talk to. She gives me great strategies especially if I’m sad or happy or have a busy month ahead of me. “When I’m not talking to my counselor, I spend time at the end of every single day to just decompress,”
Kryst added. “I unplug, I shut my phone off, I don’t answer messages. I just sit and watch my favorite movies.”
“There are three things that I’m doing with regard with self-care,” Kryst said.
“No. 1, I try to set a regular schedule so my alarm rings every day at 6:45. I know that I’m getting up and I’m starting my day.
“Two, I try to set very clear boundaries, so even though I’m at home and I’ve got my computer, my phone with me, I’m done answering emails at 6 o’clock, I’m not responding to messages. It’s over.
”Third, she said, “I have a regular workout schedule that keeps my body healthy and my mind sharp.”
Meanwhile tributes continue to come in form her international friends and fans.
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