Linza Garnett, who was crowned Miss America in 1993, has died. She is 49 years old.
A family spokesman CBS News co-told WJAX-TV Garnett died Wednesday. No cause of death has been reported, but the station said the couple’s mother, a native of Jacksonville, suffered a brain injury after the crash earlier this month.
Carnett’s death was confirmed by the Miss America organization A statement.
“Linza had a bright and beautiful spirit and her laughter was contagious. We know she gave a lot of meaning to many, including all of you,” the statement said. “We are devastated by the sudden loss of our Miss America family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of her family and close friends.”
Cornet, who was crowned Miss Florida in 1992, sang on the Christian music group “Area Code” in the early ’90s, according to WJAX. He also starred as Ariel in Walt Disney World MGM Studios’ “Voyage of the Little Mermaid Show” and made a career as a network TV broadcaster.
At the time of his fall on October 12, a family spokesman told WJAX that the injury “required decompressive craniotomy” to treat brain inflammation and manage bleeding.
Friend Elizabeth Tobin Kurtz told WJAX that Garnett used his site as an AIDS awareness champion in the 90s. Kurtz said Garnett, a common symbol of AIDS support, often wears red ribbons.
“If you look at some of her yellow dresses, you can see she wears red ribbon for awareness,” Kurtz said. “Linza worked tirelessly to bring awareness, reduce stigma and spread love.”
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