Cheslie Kryst, former Miss USA 2019, beauty queen, lawyer, and TV host. She committed suicide on Sunday January 30th in the heart of Manhattan after falling from her high-rise apartment building in Manhattan. She was 30 years old. Police state that Kryst jumped from the building, according to NBC News. Kryst’s death was confirmed to Variety by “Extra.” The program also provided a statement from Kryst’s family.

“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” Kryst’s family wrote in a statement. “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. As we reflect on our loss, the family asks for privacy at this time.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner informed that Kryst’s death has been ruled a suicide.

Born on Apr. 28, 1991 in Jackson, Mich., Kryst would go on to follow in her mother’s footsteps by competing in pageantry. Kryst attended the University of South Carolina where she graduated with a degree in marketing and human resource management. Subsequently, she enrolled at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she graduated with an MBA and Juris Doctor in 2017. While training in and practicing law in North Carolina and South Carolina, Kryst continued to compete in pageants with three consecutive runs in Miss North Carolina USA. In 2019, Kryst emerged victorious and went on to represent the state at the year’s Miss USA competition where she won the national title. Kryst represented the U.S. at the subsequent Miss Universe competition, where she finished in the top 10. Kryst began working as a N.Y. correspondent for “Extra” in Oct. 2019. Kryst received two Daytime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding entertainment news program for her work on “Extra.”

 

Cheslie Kryst winning the 2019 Miss USA competition in Reno, Nevada. Photograph: Jason Bean/AP
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES & SUICIDE PREVENTION
She was only 30 years old , life was smiling at her but yet she jumped from the 29th floor.. reasons for suicidal, not known at this time. All we can say it is even harder for her family which for sure must be devastated by this hearthbreaking news. Her father said  in his first interview, he believes her depression and death had to do with ‘family dysfunction. He also said that she never had any kind of substance abuse problem.  ‘.But it will be awhile before we can talk more,’ he added. ‘She was sad.’ .
Cheslie Kryst was an advocate for natural hair
In a haunting essay last March, just 10 months before leaping to her death, Kryst talked about the fear that she was ‘running out of time to matter.’ She wrote about being trolled online and how winning Miss USA at the age of 28 made her a target for ageist bullies, but many of her friends said  they were stunned by her death and had no clue that she might have been suffering mental health issues.. Kryst, who was one of six siblings, had recently traveled to South Carolina to spend the holidays with her mother, a former beauty queen, and family.

 

Cheslie Kryst with her mother April Simpkins
Publicly, she never shared any particular struggles with mental health. In 2019, she said that she often spoke with a counselor to keep her mind healthy, but there was no indication that she was in any form of distress. Police sources stated she left a suicide note on her computer. ‘The only person who really knows what happened went off the building.

 

Cheslie Kryst with her mother April Simpkins
A bitter reminder that what you see on social media is not real life. Appearences can be deceptive. All that glitters is not gold. You dont know what is going on people’s lives. You see them smiling but deep inside they might be suffering from depression. So be nice to people not haters, stop with your negatives and hurtful comments. Also please make sure to check on our friends and family if they are ok. Mental health issue is real. Nowadays more and more young people commit suicide. Listen and pay more attention to them. Sinceres condoleances to her family and friends. REST IN PEACE & POWER, a beautiful soul gone too soon.

 

 

Krsyt posted her final photo on Instagram on Sunday morning writting: May this day bring you rest and peace ❤️
If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.

02/02/2022 By Alize Utteryn .