Cheslie Kryst death: Former Miss USA's final post hours before fatal fall leaves fans devastated
Just hours before her fatal fall from a high-rise building in New York City, Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst had shared her final post on her Instagram page. The 30-year-old was found dead at her midtown apartment on Sunday morning, January 30, and a few hours ago only before the tragedy, she had written on the social media, “May this day bring you rest and peace,” along with a very sensual picture of herself.
Her chilling last post has garnered a lot of attention online with people sending their condolences. Filipino model Gazini Ganados commented, “You will be missed my love! You were the sweetest. Heaven has gained another angel! I love you sm Rest easy.” Filipino-German model Pia Wurtzbach wrote, “So sorry, Cheslie.. you were so kind. Thank you. You’re an inspiration & loved by so many. Rest in peace, Cheslie..” “There are no words. Your light will continue to shine,” American model Nia Sanchez added.
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Miss Universe's official Twitter page also paid tribute to Kryst by writing, “We are devastated to learn about the loss of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst. She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family right now.”
We are devastated to learn about the loss of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst. She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family right now. pic.twitter.com/fuJHXeMnHa— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) January 31, 2022
Apart from being a beauty queen, Kryst was also a television presenter, and remembering her ExtraTV shared on its Instagram page, “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.”
According to reports, local police arrived at Kryst’s midtown 60-story apartment just after seven in the morning after getting a 911 call. Soon after their arrival, she was declared dead on the sidewalk below the building. Authorities believe that Kryst took her own life by jumping off the high-rise. Her reported last sight was on a 29th-floor terrace of the building.
After Kryst’s death, her family released a statement that 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. 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.”
Kryst was born on April 28, 1991 to former Mrs. North Carolina, April Simpkins. She was a graduate of Fort Mill High School and after 2009, she earned her Bachelor's degree in marketing and human resource management from the University of South Carolina. Kryst then graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and Master's of Business Administration in 2017. She went on to practice law in both North and South Carolina, with a focus on civil litigation. Kryst also founded fashion blog White Collar Glam, which was used to help women dress professionally on the job. As a teenager, she was crowned Miss Freshman at her first high school, Northwestern. She also earned the honor of Miss Fort Mill High School after she transferred.
In 2019, she was crowned Miss North Carolina.
Meanwhile, it has been said that in March 2021, Kryst wrote a piece for Allure. The title of the essay was ‘A Pageant Queen Reflects on Turning 30’ that reflected “on her journey to overcoming the relentless pressure to achieve — and how she found fulfillment and purpose in herself.” In the article, Kryst had added: “Turning 30 feels like a cold reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in society’s eyes — and it’s infuriating.”
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