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Cheslie Kryst, former Miss USA, dead at 30

Cheslie Kryst
Posted at 10:59 PM, Jan 30, 2022

NEW YORK — Cheslie Kryst, the 2019 winner of the Miss USA pageant and a correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra,” has died.

Police said the 30-year-old Kryst jumped from a Manhattan apartment building.

She was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday morning. Her family confirmed her death in a statement.

They said she “embodied love and served others.” Kryst was a former Division I athlete and North Carolina attorney.

She was crowned Miss USA in May, 2019. Kryst's win marked the first time three Black women were the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

Producers of "Extra" said they were devastated by the loss.

"Our hearts are broken," reads a statement from the show."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."