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Former Miss America Leanza Cornett Dies at 49; Ex-Husband Mark Steines Shares Touching Message

Former Miss America Leanza Cornett Dies at 49; Ex-Husband Mark Steines Shares Touching Message

Leanza Cornett has unfortunately passed away at the young age of 49.

The Miss America Organization revealed the somber news of Leanza, who was crowned Miss America in 1993.

“Leanza had a bright and beautiful spirit and her laugh was infectious. We know she meant so much to so many, including all of you,” the organization shared in a tribute post. “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.”

They added, “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.”

The NBC News affiliate News 4 Jax in Jacksonville, Fla., reported tonight (October 28) that Leanza had passed away after being hospitalized for a head injury.

More details about her injury were revealed on a Facebook page called Leanza’s Circle of Love.

Last week, the page explained that “she sustained an enormous blow to the back of her head. The surgery she had on Tuesday was to stop the bleeding in her brain. Right now there is some continued bleeding and swelling. Brain injuries are not black and white. We have to just take this day by day. She has an incredible medical team taking care of her.”

Leanza was married to television personality Mark Steines from 1995-2013 and he shared a touching message about her on his 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,” he wrote with a sweet photo. “We will always remember the wonderful times shared during her short time here on earth.”

He added, “I find comfort knowing Kai and Avery will forever have the best guardian angel watching over them as they navigate life’s path. I ask that you please keep them as well as Leanza’s parents and her family in your prayers.”

Our thoughts are with Leanza‘s family and friends during this difficult time.

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