Former Miss America Leanza Cornett, who was topped in 1993, has died at age 49.
Her loss of life was introduced late Wednesday by the Miss American Group on social media.
“We’re devastated by this sudden loss in our Miss America household and we’re deeply sorry for her household and shut mates for his or her loss,” the statement read. “In the meanwhile, we do not need any additional info relating to a service for Leanza and we ask that you simply please respect her household throughout this tough time.”
“Maintain on tight to these you like at the moment. Time is actually valuable,” the group added, with an indication off of “With a lot love.”
No reason for loss of life was given for Cornett, who was born in Virginia however was raised in Florida. Nonetheless, NBC affiliate Information 4 Jax in Jacksonville, Florida, reported that Cornett had suffered a head damage on Oct. 12 according to a Facebook page monitoring her standing.
In 1995 Cornett married Mark Steines, with whom she had two sons, Kai, 18, and Avery, 16. The couple divorced in 2013, according to People, although Steines posted a remembrance Wednesday on Instagram.
“We’ll at all times keep in mind the fantastic occasions shared throughout her quick time right here on earth,” he wrote. “I discover consolation figuring out Kai and Avery will perpetually have the very best guardian angel watching over them as they navigate life’s path. I ask that you simply please maintain them in addition to Leanza’s dad and mom and her household in your prayers.”
Cornett, who was topped Miss Florida in 1992, was a contributor for “Leisure Tonight” after profitable the Miss America title. She additionally portrayed a reporter in quite a few TV applications, “The Tick,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Weeds.”
In her journey to changing into Miss America, she was the primary contestant to give attention to AIDS consciousness and prevention as her focus. She additionally declined to put on her crown in public appearances, according to People, saying, “How do you discuss training secure intercourse whenever you’ve obtained this factor on high of your head?”