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Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Battled "high-functioning Depression Which She Hid," Her Mom Says

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Cheslie Kryst died by suicide last Sunday. Behind her bubbly and vibrant personality, she was battling depression, her mother confirmed.

Former Miss Universe finalist, who became an attorney, led two lives, as her mom April Simpkins revealed:

"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."

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Mom of the late beauty queen shared that her daughter was a "ball of sunshine wrapped in smiles."

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Kryst was crowned Miss America in 2019 and was among the top 10 contestants in the Miss Universe.

Ten months before her death, Kryst wrote that she was "running out of time to matter."

Kryst was trolled and bullied after winning the Miss USA crown at 28. She was the older Miss but also the most accomplished as she was a trained lawyer and Black Lives Matter advocate.

Cheslie Kryst never talked about her demons in public. Despite all the beauty and brains, it is clear that we should not assume what is happening in someone's life.

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