Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019, died on Sunday. Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu penned a heartfelt note for Cheslie and said she was “heartbroken” to hear the news.
Cheslie, a beauty queen, lawyer, fashion blogger and Extra TV correspondent fell from a “higher altitude” of a 60-story New York City condominium building just after 7 a.m. on Sunday January 30 , and was pronounced dead at the scene, an NYPD spokesperson told E! News.
Taking to her Instagram Story on Monday, Harnaaz shared a photo in which she can be seen sharing smiles with Cheslie after her victory at the 70th Miss Universe 2021, held in Eilat, Israel.
She captioned the photo, “It’s heartbreaking and amazing, you have always been an inspiration to many. Rest in peace Cheslie.”
According to E! News, the NYPD shared that the death of Kryst, who lived on the ninth floor, appears to be a suicide, adding that a medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause.
Cheslie was born in Jackson, Michigan in 1991 and raised in South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina and in 2017 graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law. She worked as an attorney at the North Carolina firm Poyner Spruill LLP as a civil attorney. She also founded the women’s business clothing blog White Collar Glam.
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In 2019, she won the title of Miss North Carolina USA and after being crowned Miss USA 2019, she took a sabbatical from work. In 2020, her firm appointed her its first diversity advisor. Also in 2019, Cheslie began working as a New York correspondent for Extra.
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