The death of Cheslie Kryst has fueled the movement of emotion around the world, as well as igniting a conversation about mental health awareness.
Now, Kryst’s mother is openly sharing that her daughter has been battling depression privately – an inner struggle she hasn’t revealed to her family and friends.
“I have never known such a deep pain. I have been changed forever,” Kryst’s mother, April Simpkins, said in a statement.
“Today, what our family and friends know about the cause of death of my dear daughter, Cheslie, has been officially confirmed,” the Simpkins statement continued. “It may be hard to believe, but it’s true. Cheslie has made both her personal and private life public. In her private life, she has been dealing with a highly active depression which she kept hidden from everyone – including me, her best friend – until very shortly before her death. life. “
This week’s autopsy officially confirmed Kryst’s cause of death. Office of the Medical Director previous notice Diversity that Kryst’s death was presumed to be a suicide. Early Sunday morning, Kryst jumped from the top floor at the high-rise apartment complex where she lived in New York City. She was 30 years old.
Kryst is an attorney, former Miss USA winner and reporter for the entertainment news show, “Extra”.
Inspired by her mother, who became the second Black Lady in North Carolina in 2002 when she was a young girl, Kryst entered beauty pageants when she was a teenager. She went on to be crowned Miss North Carolina in 2019 and was crowned Miss America that same year, making history when for the first time all four major pageants in the US were won by Black women, including Miss Universe. dance, Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Kryst’s title as Miss USA. Kryst frequently talks about diversity and inclusion in the pageant world, and she represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, where she made the Top 10.
In March 2021, Kryst wrote a column for Charming, titled “A Contest for the Queen to Reflect on Turning 30,” in which she details the unrelenting pressure society puts on women’s youth and her unrelenting struggle. it to achieve. “Why work so hard to capture the dreams I’ve been taught by society to want when I just keep finding emptiness?” she writes.
“Her life on this earth was short, but it was filled with many beautiful memories. We miss her laughter, her wise words, her sense of humor and most of all her hugs. We miss them all – we miss them all. She was such an important part of our family, which makes this loss all the worse,” said Simpson.
“Cheslie – to the world, you are a ball of sunshine wrapped in a smile. We talk, FaceTime, or text each other all day, every day. You are more than a daughter – you are my best friend. Talking to you is one of the best parts of my day. Your smile and laughter are contagious,” says Simpkins. “I love you, daughter with all my heart. I miss you desperately. I know one day we will be together again. Until then, rest assured and be at peace.”
In lieu of flowers, Kryst’s mother requested a donation to Dress for Success, an organization close to her daughter’s heart, and asked for continued privacy while the family grieve.
If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.
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