Cheslie Kryst, an attorney, Extra analyst, and former Miss USA, died by herself on Sunday, and celebrities and fans are mourning her death.
Kryst was apparently alone in her ninth-floor home in the 60-story Orion building in Manhattan at roughly 7:15 a.m., according to The New York Post. sources told the newspaper that she jumped to her death and was later discovered on the streets below.
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” said Kryst’s family in a statement Sunday to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The Miss Universe organization shared a statement on their official Twitter page, 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.”
“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,’” CNN correspondent S.E. Cupp shared. “Consider this your permission to ask.”
Loni Love, a co-host of The Real, tweeted a video of herself and Kryst, writing, “This is how I will remember #CheslieKryst.. smart, beautiful and talented.. I wish we had more time …Such a wonderful young woman.. Condolences and prayers to her family.”
“It was such a beautiful year when Cheslie Kryst was Miss USA,” one fan recalled. “We had 3 black queens. May she rest in peace. We must never stop having the conversation on mental health.”
“Being a witness to Cheslie’s strength was an unforgettable experience and hearing her share the journey to Miss USA was so special,” Tamron Hall wrote on Twitter, calling the news of her death “deeply painful.”
“My prayers are with Cheslie’s family and friends,” she said.
“Less than a yr ago, I sat on a panel with @CheslieKryst discussing colorism in television news,” Washington Post journalist Eugene Scott tweeted. “She was kind & humble. I’m devastated, shocked & heartbroken for all who knew her well and were impacted by her life.”
Also on Twitter, actress Danielle Brooks shared info for the National Suicide Prevention hotline, writing, “This. Saddens me deeply. 😢Life can be so hard but please don’t give up on it. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 You are not alone.”
Rest in Peace, Cheslie Kryst.