Cheslie Kryst, 'Extra' Correspondent and Miss USA 2019, Has Died at 30
Everyone at "Extra" is devastated to report the untimely death of our correspondent Cheslie Kryst, who died Sunday in NYC. She was 30.
Cheslie's family shared in a statement, "In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie. 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."
The family also said, "As we reflect on our loss, the family asks for privacy at this time."
Producers of "Extra" shared the following statement:
"Our hearts are broken. Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our 'Extra' family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends."
Authorities believe Cheslie took her own life, jumping from her New York City apartment building Sunday morning. Her final Instagram post was a beautiful picture with the haunting message, "May this day bring you rest and peace."
Born in Jackson, Michigan, she graduated from the Honors College and the University of South Carolina. She went on to graduate from the Darla Moore School of Business and Wake Forest University School of Law.
Cheslie was a former Miss North Carolina and was Miss USA 2019, the first year when the four major U.S. pageant titles were held by Black women.
Prior to joining "Extra" in 2019, Cheslie worked as an attorney and founded the fashion blog White Collar Glam.
The Miss Universe Organization remembered her on Twitter, "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 Organization tweeted, "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."
Gayle King shared, "This hurts …and I can’t stop thinking about the lovely @chesliekryst. She was walking sunshine to me.. i knew her …cared about her …and am deeply saddened… how to explain the unexplainable?"
Ming-Na Wen expressed shock with her tweet, posting, "Devastating. So tragic. Cheslie Kryst interviewed us just 2 wks ago. She was so beautiful, charming & engaging. I’m shaken to the core. My heart goes out to her loved ones, coworkers & fans."
Talk show host Tamron Hall wrote, "Dear God hearing the news of Cheslie Kryst’s death is deeply painful. Being a witness to Cheslie’s strength was an unforgettable experience and hearing her share the journey to Miss USA was so special. My prayers are with Cheslie’s family and friends."
Bernice King mourned Cheslie and extended advice for anyone in need of mental health help, tweeting, "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."
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.