The former beauty queen, Cheslie Kryst who lost her life a week ago is said to have been suffering from depression, this was made known by an emotional tribute that was shared by her mother, April Simpkins.

This came after the death of Miss USA in 2019 was confirmed as suicide by the new york city office of the chief medical examiner.

Her mother’s statement reads,

“I have never known a pain like this. I am forever changed. Today, what our family and friends privately knew as the cause of death of my sweet baby girl, Cheslie, was officially confirmed. While it may be hard to believe, it is true. Cheslie led different public and private life. In her private life, she was dealing with high-functioning depression which she hid from everyone, including me, her closest confidant, until very shortly before her death.

While her life on this earth was short, it was filled with many beautiful memories. We miss her laugh, her words of wisdom, her sense of humour and mostly her hugs. We miss all of it – we miss all of her. She was a vital part of our family which makes this loss even more devastating.

Cheslie – to the world you were a ball of sunshine wrapped in smiles. We talked, face-timed or texted one another all day, every day. You were more than a daughter, you were my best friend. Talking with you was one of the best parts of my day. Your smile and laugh were infectious.

I love you baby girl with all my heart. I miss you desperately. I know one day we’ll be together again. Until then, rest easy and in peace.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Dress for success, an organization that was dear to her. If you or anyone else is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact the national suicide hotline at 800-273-8255.

Thank you all for continuing to respect the privacy of our family while we grieve.

A brief biography of Cheslie Kryst

Cheslie Kryst
(April 28, 1991 – January 30, 2022)

Cheslie Corrinne Kryst before her death was an American model, licensed attorney, beauty queen, former Miss USA 2019 and a correspondent for Extra.

Cheslie Kryst’s Birth, Early life and Education

Cheslie Kryst was born on April 28, 1991, in Jackson, Michigan United States.

Her parents were Rodney A. Kryst [Polish-American] and April Simpkins an African-American woman presently married to David Simpkins.

She had five siblings. Four brothers [ Asa, Chandler, Jet, Brooklyn ] and a sister, Page.

Cheslie Kryst attended Northwestern High School and later transferred to Fort Mill High School. She graduated from high school in 2009.

After graduating from Fort Mill High School, Cheslie Kryst moved to Columbia, South Carolina, to attend the University of South Carolina.

Cheslie Kryst graduated with a degree in marketing and human resource management in 2013 and subsequently enrolled in Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration in 2017.

Cheslie Kryst’s Death

Cheslie Kryst died on the 30th of January, 2022, after jumping to her death from a sixty-story high-rise apartment building in Midtown Manhattan where she lived. On January 31, her death was ruled a suicide by the coroner.