Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst Dead at 30: Olivia Culpo and More Pay Tribute

Following Cheslie Kryst's death on Jan. 30, her loved ones are honoring her memory with moving tributes. Read the heartfelt messages from Olivia Culpo, Victor Cruz and more below.

By Jess Cohen, Ashley Joy Parker Jan 31, 2022 12:49 PMTags
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Cheslie Kryst's friends and former colleagues are honoring her legacy with heartfelt tributes.

The TV correspondent, who won the Miss USA pageant in 2019, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, after falling from a "higher elevation" of a 60-story condominium in New York City, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed to E! News. Kryst, who lived on the ninth floor of the building, was 30 years old. While a medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause, authorities said Kryst's death appears to be a suicide.

"In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie," the lawyer and fashion blogger's family 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," the message continued. "But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague–we know her impact will live on."

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As news of Kryst's death emerged over the weekend, many took to social media to pay tribute to her. Take a look at the messages below:

Miss Universe and Miss USA Organizations: "The Miss Universe and Miss USA Organizations are devastated to learn about the loss of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst. She was one of the brightest, warmest, and most kind people we have ever had the privilege of knowing, and she lit up every room she entered. Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time."

Olivia Culpo: "Rest in Peace angel. What an unimaginable loss."

Billy Bush: "The @extratv family grieves with the family @chesliekryst. She was positive, hardworking, fun and of course beautiful. Always dancing in between takes. This is a complete shock to all. We are left with great sadness because the best was definitely yet to come for this special person. #RIP Chez."

Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner: "I'm speechless. You never know what someone is going through! @chesliekryst your presence in this world touched so many lives, including mine! Too many people suffer in silence…if you are struggling I beg of you to say something! Rest in power my sweet sister! #missusa"

Victor Cruz: "Just the kindest, most beautiful soul you could come across. We had so much fun working those red carpets together. My heart is heavy today. Check on all your friends, even the funny ones. Rest easy Cheslie."

Nina Parker: "Sending so much love to her family. For anyone struggling, help is available if you need it. The National Suicide Prevention line: 800-273-8255."

Loni Love: "This is how I will remember #CheslieKryst.. smart, beautiful and talented.. I wish we had more time …Such a wonderful young woman.. Condolences and prayers to her family."

Renee Bargh: "The sweetest, kindest, smartest woman I've ever met. We were lucky to have you. Devastated & shocked. We lost a beautiful bright light. @chesliekryst Rest In Peace sweet lady. "

Lauren Zima: "Cheslie…I can't believe this is real. I keep thinking there's been a mistake. You were a beacon of light, with the biggest smile and such a loving spirit. A truly kind heart. In an industry that's often about facades and competition, you were about genuineness and support. I so looked forward to seeing you every time I went to New York for work. We talked about you spending more time in LA and I hoped that would happen. We bonded over our shared love of Harry Potter. We had just texted before the holidays…we had just podcasted together. We are always so busy…I wish we'd gotten to spend more time. Anyone who spent even a moment with you walked away uplifted. I'm sorry I didn't know if you were hurting. I don't know the perfect things to say…it just has to be known that Cheslie Kryst was a true joy: smart and outgoing, so incredibly accomplished, so talented, so hard working, so kind to everyone she met. The rarest of gems. This is an immeasurable loss. Sending all of my love to her family and loved ones."

JoJo: "All my love to Cheslie Kryst's mother and whole family. She was a beautiful person who seriously left an impression on me. We spent 4 hours driving through the desert together just a few weeks ago and had the best time. Laughing, learning about each other, sharing stories. You truly never know what someone's internal life is like. To anyone reading this: you are loved. I know sometimes it feels like there is no way out of where you are. Like things will never get better. But they can and will. You don't have to suffer in silence. If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1-800-273-8255 . An international resource is: https://www.opencounseling.com/suicide-hotlines ."

Kenya Moore: "I'm devastated I just found out about My friend @chesliekryst passing I just don't know what to say what to feel this is crazy.
We were always texting and talking and in constant contact laughing and sharing. Literally I just spoke to her last week. She was a glorious human being and so sweet and caring I just can't deal with this. She made me so proud to call her my sister and the world proud. A true role model I looked up to HER! God please comfort her family the world has lost a truly special human being. I'm just so devastated."

If you or someone you know needs help, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.