Cause Of Death Revealed For Late Extra Cohost & Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Coroner Confirms
Cheslie Kryst's tragic death has been confirmed as a suicide.
The late Extra correspondent was found dead on Sunday, January 30, after falling from her New York City high-rise building. Police officers on the scene suspected that her death was likely a suicide, but it was not confirmed until the autopsy was conducted earlier this week.
On Tuesday, February 1, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to People that Kryst's death has been ruled a suicide. She was 30 years old.
Kryst — who was crowned Miss USA in 2019 and worked as an entertainment anchor alongside Billy Bush — lived on the ninth floor of the Orion building in Manhattan, where she was last seen on the 29th floor terrace.
Her body was discovered in the early morning hours on Sunday in the street below the 60-story building. As OK! previously reported, the late pageant winner is believed to have left a suicide note on her computer, although no further details regarding its contents have been revealed.
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Friends of Kryst were reportedly "stunned" over the devastating news, as they weren't aware of any signs of the TV personality having mental health struggles. Her family also released a statement to express their "devastation" and "great sorrow" over the tragic circumstances.
"Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength," her loved ones wrote. "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."
Others in the industry also took the time to pay tribute to the late beauty queen, including Bush, who described his friend as "positive, hardworking, fun and of course beautiful."
"Always dancing in between takes. This is a complete shock to all. We are left with greatness because the best was definitely yet to come for this special person," he added.
Fellow Extra host Rachel Lindsay shared a message to remember her friend, writing: "You impacted every single person who had the pleasure of getting to know you. You always left a lasting impression. You were fabulous, beyond intelligent, beautiful, supportive and warm-hearted."
"You inspired me with every thing you stood for and represented. I can't believe I am writing this…I will miss you forever 💔," she concluded.