Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dies at 49


Former Miss America Leanza Cornett, who was crowned in 1993, has died at age 49.

Her death was announced by the Miss American Organization on social media.

“We are devastated by this sudden loss in our Miss America family and we are deeply sorry for her family and close friends for their loss,” the statement read. “At the moment, we do not have any further information regarding a service for Leanza and we ask that you please respect her family during this difficult time.”

“Hold on tight to those you love today. Time is certainly precious,” the organization added, with a sign-off of “With much love.”

No cause of death was given for Cornett, who was born in Virginia and was raised in Florida. However, News 4 Jax in Jacksonville, Florida, reported that Cornett had suffered a head injury on Oct. 12, according to a Facebook page monitoring her status.



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