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Sources: Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Dies By Suicide In NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Cheslie Kryst, who was the 2019 winner of the Miss USA Pageant, has died at the age 30.

Sources told CBS2 Kryst died by suicide on Sunday morning in Midtown.

Kryst was also an attorney in North Carolina and a correspondent for the entertainment news program Extra.

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Her family confirmed the news in a statement, saying, "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."

Reaction poured in from those who knew her, including CBS Mornings host Gayle King, who wrote on Instagram, "This hurts... and I can't stop thinking about the lovely Cheslie Kryst. She was walking sunshine to me. I knew her... cared about her... and am deeply saddened. How to explain the unexplainable?"

Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz called Kryst the "kindest, most beautiful soul you could come across."

The Miss Universe and Miss USA organizations released the following statement:

"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 during this difficult time."

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

• 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 1-800-273-TALK
• Text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor for free
• Emergency Psychiatric Services: (800) 854-7771
• Suicide Prevention Hotline: (877) 727-4747
• Suicide Prevention Live Chat

If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available 24-7 at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Just call 1-800-273-8255.

For more resources, please click here.

Editor's note: This story was first published Jan. 30.

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