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Leanza Cornett Biography – Leanza Cornett Wiki
Leanza Cornett (born Eva Leanza Cornett) was an American television personality and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Florida 1992 and Miss America 1993. After being crowned Miss America, she’s recognized as the first beauty queen to adopt AIDS awareness and prevention as her platform.
In addition to her pageant victories, Leanza sang in the Christian Music Group “Area Code” in the early ’90s, performed as Ariel in Walt Disney World MGM Studios’ “Voyage of the Little Mermaid Show,” and held a career as a network TV broadcaster. She served as a host for several television shows including Entertainment Tonight, according to her IMDB profile. She also made appearances in television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Weeds and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
Born on June 10, 1971, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Cornett was raised in Jacksonville and graduated Terry Parker High School in 1989. She was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Leanza Cornett Age
She was born on June 10, 1971, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States. She died on October 28, 2020. She was 49.
Leanza Cornett Husband – Mark Steines First Wife
On July 22, 1995, Leanza Cornett married her husband Mark Steines on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The couple divorced in 2013 after 17 years of marriage. They had two sons, Kai Harper Steines, and Avery James Steines.
Leanza Cornett Parents
Leanza Cornett’s parents are both teachers.
Leanza Cornett Family
Leanza Cornett and Mark Steines had two children, Kai Harper, born on February 19, 2002, and Avery James, born on November 4, 2003.
Leanza Cornett Accident 2020
According to friend and family spokesperson, Elizabeth Tobin Kurtz, Cornett suffered a head injury on the evening of Monday, Oct. 12, and underwent surgery the next morning. Kurtz said in a news release on Monday, “Leanza Cornett, Jacksonville’s own Miss Florida 1992 and Miss America 1993, is recovering from a fall that required a decompressive craniectomy, performed to relieve pressure, treat brain swelling and manage bleeding. Doctors cannot speculate on the time Leanza may need to move through this phase of recovery as every brain injury is different.”
A post shared on Oct. 18 to Leanza’s Circle of Love Facebook page said, “She sustained an enormous blow to the back of her head. The surgery she had on Tuesday was to stop the bleeding in her brain. Right now there is some continued bleeding and swelling. Brain injuries are not black and white. We have to just take this day by day. She has an incredible medical team taking care of her.” It is still unclear how Cornett sustained the head injury.
Leanza Cornett Death
Cornett died on October 28, 2020, after being hospitalized after a head injury. She was 49 years old. The tragic news of her death first broke on Leanza Cornett’s Circle of Love, a social media page that was monitoring her condition after the injury. The post read: “Dear Disney family. I’m here to let you know Leanza passed this afternoon. She was so loved. I don’t feel like writing a lot right now; my heart is broken. Sue.”
The Miss America Organization confirmed her death in an Instagram post. The MAO team wrote: “It is with great sadness the Miss America Organization relays the news our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away. 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. 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.”
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It is with great sadness the Miss America Organization relays the news our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away. Leanza had a bright, 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. At the moment, we do not have any further information regarding a service for Leanza and we ask that you respect her family during this difficult time. Hold on tight to those you love today. Time is certainly precious. With love, The MAO Team
Leanza Cornett’s ex-husband and veteran television personality Mark Steines, paid tribute to Cornett on Instagram. Steines wrote in an Instagram post: “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of my ex-wife, Leanza the mother to our two extraordinary sons Kai and Avery. We will always remember the wonderful times shared during her short time here on earth. I find comfort knowing Kai and Avery will forever have the best guardian angel watching over them as they navigate life’s path. I ask that you please keep them as well as Leanza’s parents and her family in your prayers.”
Leanza Cornett Cause of Death
Leanza Cornett’s cause of death was a head injury.
Leanza Cornett Net Worth
Leanza Cornett’s net worth is unclear.
Leanza Cornett Height
She was 5 feet 3 inches (1.6 m).