Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dies at 49

Leanza Cornett, who was crowned Miss America in 1993, has died at the age of 49.

Her death was confirmed by the Miss America Organisation on Wednesday in a statement reading, "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."

"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," the statement read. "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."

"Hold on tight to those you love today. Time is certainly precious," the organisation added.

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Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett tries on a hat in New York 21 September, 1992. Cornett was picking out her wardrobe where she announced that she would wear only U.S. fashions in support of U.S. textile and apparel workers. Cornett, an AIDS activist, plans to speak about AIDS in smalltown schools and churches. (COLOR KEY: Cornett in pink-red jacket.) (Photo by HELAYNE SEIDMAN / AFP) (Photo by HELAYNE SEIDMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Leanza Cornett (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Leanza Cornett (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Miss America Leanza Cornett. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, poses with Captiol Police officers Ron Stone and Jerry Hynes on October 20, 1992. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call)
Leanza Cornett and Regis Philbin in 1994 Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City, New Jersey (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, UNITED STATES: Miss South Carolina Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, (R) is shown to the runway after being crowned Miss America by last year's Miss America Leanza Cornett 18 September 1993 in New Jersey. Aiken says she plans to spend her year as Miss America working to educate the homeless. (Photo credit should read TIM CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett attends the NBC Summer TCA Press Tour on July 20, 1993 at Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett attends the Memorial Tribute to Peter Allen to Benefit the L.A. Shanti Foundation on February 10, 1993 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett attends the Screening of the Television Concert Special - 'John Tesh: Live at Red Rocks' on February 23, 1995 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett attends the Chesebrough-Pond's Fourth Annual National Hero Awards on October 26, 1992 at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett attends the Sixth Annual Commitment to Life Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) on November 18, 1992 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. . (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Leanza Cornett during The Children's Place Pajama Party to Benefit the AZ, CA, NV Chapter of Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation at Embassy Suites at LAX in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage for Tractenberg & Co
PASADENA, CA - APRIL 22: Leanza Cornett at the CURE Autism Now 4th Annual Walk Now to help find a cure for autism at the Rose Bowl on April 22, 2006 in Pasadena, California. All money rasied supports Cure Autism Now's mission to find the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism through funding essential biomedical research. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Mark Steines and Leanza Cornett during Mark Burnett and AOL Celebrate the Launch of GOLD RUSH - Red Carpet and Inside at Les Deux in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Mark Steines and Leanza Cornett during Entertainment Tonight/PEOPLE Magazine Emmy Party at Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage)
Leanza Cornett and Mark Steines during Mark Burnett and AOL Celebrate the Launch of GOLD RUSH - Arrivals at Les Deux in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 16: Former Miss America Leanza Cornett attends the 7th Annual Walk To Africa Hosted By Dr. Bob Hamilton For Medical Missions To Africa on May 16, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 16: Former Miss America Leanza Cornett attends the 7th Annual Walk To Africa Hosted By Dr. Bob Hamilton For Medical Missions To Africa on May 16, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett signs autographs at Adrian Phillips Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: Executive Chairman Sam Haskell, III and Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett speak on stage during Miss America 2018 - Third Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 8, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
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According to The Sun, she died after a head injury and emergency surgery.

The Independent reports that she injured her head in a fall.

Cornett, who was America's National Sweetheart in 1991, went on to star as Ariel in The Voyage of the Little Mermaid stage show.

She also appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Grown UPs and Weeds.

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