Woman who jumped to her death from NYC high-rise was Cheslie Kryst, 2019 ‘Miss USA’ winner

After it was reported that a young woman had leaped to her death from a 60-story high-rise apartment building in New York City, the story took yet another unbelievable twist when it was revealed who had committed suicide.

According to the New York Post, the jumper was identified by authorities as former 2019 Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. The 30-year-old attorney had reportedly jumped from the Orion building on 42nd street sometime early Sunday morning, and she was discovered around 7:15 a.m. 

Kryst’s family released a statement later on Sunday, writing, in part, “In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie.”

They added: “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.”

The beauty queen had written an eerie message on her Instagram account shortly before she jumped to her death, writing, “May this day bring you rest and peace.” Her final Instagram post was filled with tens of thousands of messages of condolences from a number of influencers and fans alike.

It remains unknown why the successful attorney and model ended her life the way she did. Authorities reported that they discovered a note in which she wished to leave her possessions to her mother, but made no mention of how she was feeling or what lead her to make such a dark and final decision.

ExtraTV, where Kyrst was also employed as a host, released a statement in the wake of the devastating news.

“Our hearts are broken,” the company’s statement read. “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.”

Since her unfortunate death, tributes highlighting Kyrst’s numerous accomplishments poured in across all social media platforms.