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Late Miss USA Cheslie Kryst's Mom Breaks Silence On Daughter's Tragic Passing, Hours After Coroner Reveals Beauty Queen's Cause Of Death

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Feb. 2 2022, Published 7:08 p.m. ET

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Cheslie Kryst's mother has broken her silence on the tragic death of her daughter. April Simpkins is addressing the former Miss USA's untimely passing, revealing she was suffering from "high-functioning depression" before jumping to her death.

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In an emotional statement to PEOPLE, Simpkins said, "I have never known a pain as deep as this. I am forever changed."

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"While it may be hard to believe, it's true. Cheslie led both a public and a private life. In her private life, she was dealing with high-functioning depression which she hid from everyone — including me, her closest confidant — until very shortly before her death," she explained.

Simpkins also revealed that she talked to Kryst "all day, every day."

Addressing her late daughter, she stated, "Cheslie — to the world, you were a ball of sunshine wrapped in smiles. We talked, FaceTimed or texted one another all day, every day. You were more than a daughter — you were my very best friend."

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Simpkins' ended her tearful statement with one last goodbye to her daughter. "I love you baby girl with all my heart. I miss you desperately. I know one day we'll be together again. Until then, rest easy and in peace," she concluded.

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On Tuesday, the medical examiner confirmed Kryst committed suicide by jumping from the 29th floor of her New York City apartment building. The 30-year-old jumped to her death on Sunday.

Following her shocking passing, Kryst's father, Rodney, made it clear: “she never had any kind of substance abuse problem.”

"She was pure, she didn't take any kind of drugs or prescription medication," he insisted.

Kryst wasn't just a beauty queen. She also worked as a correspondent for Extra. The news organization released a statement shortly after the news of her death.

"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," the company stated.

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