"It is with great sadness the Miss America Organization relays the news our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away. 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 statement further read,
"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. At the moment, we do not have any further information regarding 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. "
Though there's no official report to reveal the cause of death, a local news portal, News 4 Jax, reported the former Miss America was rushed to the hospital due to a head injury and died during her treatment.