Numerous notable figures weighed in on Sunday over the news that Cheslie Kryst, the winner of the 2019 Miss USA pageant, died in what officials have ruled a suicide.
“NYPD responded to a 911 call at 7:13 AM to Cheslie’s midtown apartment building on 42nd Street,” TMZ reported. “Officers and paramedics responded, but she was pronounced dead on the scene.”
The Associated Press later reported that police indicated that Kryst “jumped” from the apartment building.
Notable responses included:
- Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, former Miss Ohio USA: “My deepest condolences going out tonight to the family of Cheslie Kryst, who left this world far too soon. Over 50M Americans suffer with mental illness. They should not suffer alone or in silence. Rest In Peace, Cheslie.”
- Miss Universe: “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.”
- The Miss America Org: “We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019. Cheslie was an incredible example and a role model for so many. We send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all those who knew her.”
- Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC): “I am heartbroken to hear about the tragic death of former Miss North Carolina & Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. I enjoyed meeting her in my office in 2019, where we discussed a number of issues affecting North Carolinians. Susan & I are praying for her family during this difficult time.”
- S.E. Cupp, CNN: “With a spate of tragic suicides – Cheslie Kryst, Regina King’s son, Michael Madsen’s son – I’ve seen so many posts saying something to the effect of, ‘I guess you never truly know what someone’s going through.’ Consider this your permission to ask.” She added, “Check in on your friends and family. Normalize conversations about mental health. Destigmatize depression, anxiety, treatment, and help.”
- Mark Robinson, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina: “I am saddened to hear about the passing of North Carolina native and former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. She was an incredible role model, and the positive impacts she made will endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
- Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina: “My deepest condolences to Cheslie Kryst’s family. Before she was Miss USA, we had lunch. She was proud to be a working attorney in Charlotte. We also did a number of charity events. She did it with grace and a smile. We are so saddened to lose her.”
- Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Such incredibly sad news about #CheslieKryst Depression creates deep despair & an overwhelming illusion that there’s no way forward in life Remember: looking good & doing good things doesn’t = feeling/thinking “good” Check on YOU, too National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255.”
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” Kryst’s family said 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.”
Kryst was an attorney and correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra.” The news program said that she was a “vital part” of their show and was “a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff.”
“Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends,” the statement added.
The New York Daily News reported that Kryst jumped from the 29th floor of the building and reportedly left a suicide note.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free hotline for individuals in crisis or distress or for those looking to help someone else. It is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
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