Former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi paid tribute to former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst in an Instagram post, saying: “I love you so, so much my forever friend and forever Miss USA. [sic]”
According to reports, Cheslie, who was crowned Miss USA in 2019, leapt to her death from a New York City Midtown high-rise Sunday. She was 30.
Shortly before she jumped, Cheslie posted on Instagram: “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Zozibini – who was Cheslie’s roommate in New York during her Miss Universe reign, wrote: “Cheslie my friend, I am devastated. I didn’t sleep a wink, caught in between not believing the news and trying to make sense of what is happening.”
About one of their final conversation, she said: ” You were supposed to send me photos of the outfit you were going to wear to a wedding this past Saturday and all the details that happened at the event.”
“I hope you are resting easy now love. You meant everything to so many people and you forever will. You made a mark in this World and touched so many lives. We celebrate your life,” she added.
In 2019, Cheslie made American history when for the first time, three black women consecutively reigned as Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
Cheslie completed the beauty queen trifecta when she was crowned Miss USA, joining Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris and Miss America Nia Franklin.