Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dies at age 49 of a head injury


Former Miss America winner Leanza Cornett has died at the age of 49. The Miss America Organization confirmed her death in a statement on Wednesday, after a Facebook group wrote on Oct. 16 that Leanza had “suffered a serious head injury which required emergency surgery.”

Her ex-husband Mark Steines also confirmed the news.

Although no official cause of death has been given, News 4 Jax – an NBC affiliate based in Jacksonville, the hometown of Leanza, Fla. – reported that she died after hospitalization from a body injury. head.

The Miss America Organization wrote: “It is with great sadness that the Miss America Organization relays the news that our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away.

“Leanza had a brilliant and beautiful mind and her laugh was infectious. We know she meant so much to many, including all of you.

Leanza is survived by two sons

“We are devastated by this sudden loss in our Miss America family and we are deeply sorry to her family and close friends for their loss.

“At this time, we have no 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.

“With a lot of love, the MAO team. ”

A Facebook page titled Leanza Cornett’s Circle of Love, devoted to informing fans about her condition, wrote: “Dear Disney family, I am here to inform you that Leanza passed away this afternoon. She was so loved. I don’t want to write. a lot at the moment; My heart is broken. ”

She won Miss America in 1992

Leanza was crowned the winner of the competition in 1992, before which she played the role of Ariel in the show The Little Mermaid’s Journey.

After winning the title, she made a series of small screen appearances, including Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Grown Ups, The Tick, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Weeds.

In 1995, she tied the knot with former Home and Family host Mark, with whom she shares her son Kai, 18, and Avery, 16.

Her ex-husband Mark made a candid statement after his death

They separated in 2013, with Mark confirming the news of his death on Wednesday.

He wrote on Instagram: “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of my ex-wife, Leanza the mother, to our two amazing sons Kai and Avery.

“We will always remember the wonderful moments shared during his short time here on earth. I find comfort in knowing that Kai and Avery will forever have the best Guardian Angel watching over them as they navigate the Path of Life.

“I ask you to keep them, along with Leanza’s parents and her family, in your prayers.


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