Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019, Dies at 30

Miss USA dies unexpectedly at the age of 30.

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Miss USA dies unexpectedly at the age of 30.

Eva Madic, Reporter

On Sunday, January 30, 2022, Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA of 2019, died at age 30. She was pronounced dead after falling from the 29th floor of her high-rise apartment in New York City in what police believe to be a suicide. Kryst shared a photo of herself on Instagram just hours before her death with the caption, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”

Kryst was an American television presenter, model, and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2019. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 competition and finished in the top ten, and was also nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards. She was an actress, known for her famous roles of Colin in Black & White (2021), Trivia (4), Miss USA 2019, Extra with Billy Bush (1994), and CBS This Morning (1992).

Her family released a statement through the LEPR Agency that announced her passing later in the day. “In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” the statement read. “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.”