Amber-Lee Friis, a finalist within the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant, died on Monday. She was 23.
The New Zealand police division confirmed to People that they responded to a sudden dying name on May 18, which was referred to the coroner.
Her reason behind dying is unknown, however The Daily Mail studies it was suicide.
Nigel Godfrey, CEO of Miss World New Zealand, confirmed Friis’s dying in a memorial Facebook put up on Tuesday.
“Tragically she passed away yesterday, the world is a lesser place without her in it,” he wrote. “She was a force to be reckoned with.”
“She was genuine, honest and she had an energy few others possess, her heart was most definitely in the right place. We liked and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend, long after the competition had finished,” mentioned Godfrey. “RIP Amber Lee you have left us far, far too soon.”
Her expertise company additionally confirmed the dying. “It is with immense sadness we acknowledge the sudden passing of a beautiful and talented Wahine Amber-lee Friis,” The Talent Tree wrote on Facebook. “Our sincere aroha and condolences to Amber-Lee’s family and friends. R.I.P beautiful lady,” they mentioned, utilizing a Hawaiian phrase that means love.
Friss competed within the 2018 Miss Universe New Zealand competitors and was considered one of 20 finalists. She traveled to Thailand throughout her try at the crown, in response to Stuff, a New Zealand-based information supply.
“All these beautiful girls deserve a crown of some sort, you wouldn’t believe how many friends I have made. This journey was a once in a life time opportunity, I am forever grateful,” Friis wrote on her Facebook web page in 2018 on the eve of the pageant’s finals. “My memories will last forever.”