Leanza Cornett, TV host and Miss America victor, dies at 49

Leanza Cornett

Leanza Cornett

The Miss America Organization subsequently shared an update on its Facebook announcing the death and saying Cornett 'had a bright and lovely spirit and her laugh was infectious'.

The organization did not reveal a cause of death.

The Miss America Organization confirmed the news on Instagram Wednesday, revealing that the 1993 victor was dead at age 49.

News of her injury was first shared by the Leanza Cornett's Circle of Love Facebook page.

Cornett had been hospitalized earlier this month after suffering a head injury, according to a Facebook page, Leanza Cornett's Circle of Love, which was dedicated to monitoring her condition.

At the time of her fall on October 12, a family spokesman told WJAX that the injury "required a decompressive craniectomy" in order to "treat brain swelling and manage bleeding".

The organization declined to reveal her cause of death, writing, "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 hard time".

Leanza Cornett

According to reports, Cornett was born in Virginia and grew up in Florida.

Before being crowned Miss Florida, she was Miss Winter Park, portraying Ariel in the debut of "Voyage of the Little Mermaid", which officially opened on January 7, 1992.

Cornett went on to become a TV host for CBS' "Entertainment Tonight" and appeared on other shows including Fox's "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?", the American Kennel Club National Championship on Animal Planet and "On The Block" on the DIY Network. "Time is certainly precious", the organization added.

Steines paid tribute to Cornett in an Instagram post Wednesday night.

Cornett, who was also active in the televised dog-show community, had two sons with Steines.

Following the news of her death, Mark Steines, who was married to the beauty queen from 1995 to 2013 and had two children with her, 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 extraordinary sons Kai and Avery". I find comfort knowing Kai and Avery will forever have the best guardian angel watching over them as they navigate life's path.

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