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Leanza Cornett, Former Miss America and Ex-Wife of Mark Steines, Dies at 49

Leanza Cornett, Former Miss America and Ex-Wife of Mark Steines, Dies at 49

Leanza Cornett, the former Miss America and ex-wife of Mark Steines, has died. She was 49.

Cornett suffered a “serious head injury” on Oct. 12, according to her health & wellness group Leanza Cornett’s Circle of Love. That Facebook group has been giving regular updates on Cornett since she was hospitalized. No cause of death was given, but CBS reported that the Jacksonville native, a mother of two, fell earlier this month.

After suffering what Cornett’s group referred to as “an enormous blow to the back of her head,” she was admitted to the ICU and underwent surgery to “stop the bleeding in her brain,” but the bleeding and swelling continued.

In addition to her 1993 Miss America pageant win, Cornett appeared as both herself and in small acting roles on numerous TV shows. In 1996, for example, Cornett guested on “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” as “Carol.”

Cornett, who was

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