An ex-beauty queen and TV presenter has died just hours after posting an Instagram to wish her followers a day of "rest and peace."
Cheslie Kryst, a former Miss USA winner and correspondent for Extra entertainment news, was found dead on the street outside of her high-rise apartment in Manhattan, New York on Sunday (local time) after dying by suicide.
She was just 30 years old.
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” her parents said in a statement.
“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," her family said.
Beauty queen's tragic last post
Just hours before Ms Kryst died, she posted a photo of herself from what appears to be a photoshoot.
"May this day bring you rest and peace," she captioned the image.
Tributes have poured in for the TV presenter in comments on her final Instagram post, with people remembering her as a "bright light" and "sweet friend."
"Oh sweet Cheslie… may you rest in eternal peace," one user wrote.
"I’m in disbelief. This feels like a bad dream," wrote another. "You were kind, friendly, intelligent, graceful and so much more.
"When I met you for the first time in NYC I was taken aback by your kindness and warmth. You were a force Cheslie and my heart is broken to know you are gone so soon.
"May you Rest in Peace sweet angel. We will remember you always."
Colleagues at Extra —where Ms Kryst had worked since 2019 — said their hearts are broken over the tragedy.
"Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff,” a statement read.
“Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”
Ms Kryst — who was also a former university athlete and attorney — won the Miss USA pageant in 2019 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant later that year. When she has crowned Miss USA, it was the first time three Black women were the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
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