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Leanza Cornett, TV Host and Miss America Winner, Dies at 49 After Head Injury

Leanza Cornett, TV Host and Miss America Winner, Dies at 49 After Head Injury

Leanza Cornett, a former TV host and winner of the Miss America beauty pageant, died on Wednesday after suffering a head injury and undergoing surgery earlier in October. She was 49.

“It is with great sadness the Miss America Organization relays the news our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away,” the company announced on its Facebook page on Thursday. “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.”

A Facebook page titled “Leanza Cornett’s Circle of Love” shared on Oct. 18 that she had suffered “an enormous blow to the back of her head” and had surgery to stop bleeding in her brain.

Cornett won the Miss Florida beauty pageant in 1992 and a year later was crowned Miss America at the 66th annual ceremony. She was the first Miss Florida to win the national pageant.

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