A woman who jumped from a tall building in New York City has been identified as former Miss USA Chesley Crist.
The 2019 pageant winner, who owns a ninth-floor apartment in Manhattan’s 60-story Orion Building, was found dead in a down street on Sunday morning.
Sources said the 30-year-old was last seen winning on the terrace after 7 am on the 29th floor of the building. New York Post,
His family said in a statement: “In the loss and great sadness, we share the passing of our beloved Chesley.”
“Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shone.
“Chesley embodied love and served others, whether as an advocate fighting for social justice, as Miss USA, and by serving as a host on Extras.”
And he added: “But most importantly – as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and ally – we know her influence will live on.”
The former Miss North Carolina was a lawyer who also served as a reporter for the Xtra TV show.
“Our hearts are broken,” the company said in a statement.
“Chesley was not just an important part of our show. She was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”
A few hours before his death, Krist wrote on Instagram, “May this day bring you comfort and peace.”
According to the Post, investigators did not say why they thought he took his own life.
Krist spoke on Facebook for World Mental Health Day in 2019, describing her routine for dealing with stress.
“I do a lot to make sure I maintain my mental health,” she said.
“And the most important thing I did is talk to a counselor. It’s really easy to talk to.
“She gives me great strategies, especially if I’m sad or happy or I have a busy month ahead.
“When I’m not talking to my counselor, I spend time at the end of every day just to decompress. I unplug, I turn my phone off, I don’t respond to messages. I I just sit and watch my favorite movies.”
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