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Devastating news this morning, as it’s just been revealed that TV presenter – and former Miss USA – Cheslie Kryst has died after falling from an apartment building in New York. She was just 30 years old.

According to reports, it’s likely that the 2019 Miss USA – who also worked as a correspondent for the entertainment programme, Extra – purposely jumped from the building on West 42nd Street, and her death is currently been treated as suicide.

Cheslie was pronounced dead at the scene, where her body was found at approximately 7 am on the morning of Sunday, January 30. Her grieving family shared the news of her passing via an official statement…

“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” the statement began.

“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.”

Cheslie was a true all-rounder who had brains as well as beauty, as she also earned a law degree and a master’s of business administration, and then worked as a lawyer for a firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cheslie Kryst will be remembered for a lot of things, but we will always remember her for making history when she was crowned Miss USA back in 2019, as it was reportedly the first time in history where three black women were the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America.