Cheslie Kryst’s mother says she hid ‘high functioning depression’


(CNN)Cheslie Kryst’s mother is speaking out about her daughter’s death, saying she has “never known a pain as deep as this. I am forever changed.”

April Simpkins shared a statement with “Extra” where Kryst had worked as an entertainment correspondent.

The 30-year-old attorney and former Miss USA died after jumping from a building in New York City, according to police.

    The New York City Medical Examiner confirmed that she died by suicide.

      Her mother told “Extra” that, “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.”

          “While her life on this earth was short, it was filled with many beautiful memories. We miss her laugh, her words of wisdom, her sense of humor and mostly her hugs. We miss all of it — we miss all of her,” the statement went on to read. “She was a vital part of our family which makes this loss even more devastating.”

          To get help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.