Sunday 4 December 2016

Former Miss North Dakota found dead at 37

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 16/06/2016 | 20:12

Former Miss North Dakota Samantha Edwards was found dead in her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Facebook
Former Miss North Dakota Samantha Edwards was found dead in her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Facebook
Samantha Edwards, Miss North Dakota 2003. Photo: Facebook

Former Miss North Dakota Samantha Edwards was found dead in her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday.

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Police discovered the 37-year-old unresponsive around 7.30am, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The cause of death has yet to be determined by a medical examination, police said.

A police investigation is underway but no suspects have been charged.

Samantha Edwards, Miss North Dakota 2003. Photo: Facebook
Samantha Edwards, Miss North Dakota 2003. Photo: Facebook

Ms Edwards, know as ‘Sami’ by her friends, was crowned Miss North Dakota USA in 2003.

The former beauty queen went on to become a freelance make-up artist.

The Miss USA organisation paid tribute to her on their official Facebook page.

“We are saddened by the sudden loss of Samantha Edwards, Miss North Dakota USA 2003. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

“She will forever be a part of this organisation,” it reads.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help cover the funeral costs.

Ms Edwards’ friend Jessica Dereschuk described her as “one of the most vibrant, crazy, compassionate, loyal balls of energy you could ever come across in life”.

She added: “A conversation with her could either leave you full of adrenaline or utterly exhausted. She was a spitfire, and with Sami, you never knew what she’s throw your way – but you always knew she would be there for you. She was awesome like that.”

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