Cheslie Kryst: Miss USA 2019, 30, allegedly jumps to death from skyscraper in Manhattan

A woman who jumped to her death from a high-rise building in New York City has been identified as former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst.

The winner of the 2019 competition, who had an apartment on the ninth floor of Manhattan’s 60-story Orion building, was found dead on the street below Sunday morning.

The 30-year-old was last seen on a terrace winning the 29th floor of the building shortly after 7 p.m., sources said New York Post.

“In devastation and great grief, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” her family said in a statement.

“Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She loved, she loved, she laughed and she shone.

“Cheslie embodied love and served others, either through her work as a lawyer who fought for social justice, as Miss USA and as the host of Extra.”

And they added: “But most importantly as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague – we know her influence will live on.”

The former Miss North Carolina was a lawyer who also worked as a reporter for the Extra TV show.

“Our hearts are broken,” the company said in a statement.

“Cheslie was not only a vital part of our show. She was a beloved part of our extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to her entire family and friends.”

A few hours before her death, Kryst wrote on Instagram: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”

Investigators have not said why they thought she took her own life, according to the Post.

Kryst spoke on Facebook for World Mental Health Day in 2019 and described his routine for dealing with stress.

“I do a lot to make sure I maintain my mental health,” she said.

“And the most important thing I did was talk to a counselor. She’s really easy to talk to.

“She gives me good strategies, especially if I’m sad or happy or have a busy month ahead of me.

“When I’m not talking to my advisor, I spend time at the end of every day just decompressing. I unplug, I turn off my phone, I do not answer messages. I just sit and watch my favorite movies.”

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or struggling to cope, the Samaritans offer support; you can talk to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, at 116 123 (UK and ROI), email, or visit Samaritan’s website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you are based in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health care right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in another country, go to to find a guide near you.

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