NEWS: Leanza Cornett, Former Miss America and Original Ariel in Disney World’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Has Passed Away

We are sad to report that former Miss America, Leanza Cornett, has passed away.

Photo Credit: Miss America Organization

According to USA Today, the 1993 Miss America winner has passed away at the age of 49.

Along with her accomplishment of winning Miss America, Leanza Cornett also had roots with Disney. Notably, Cornett starred as the original Ariel in Disney World’s “Voyage of The Little Mermaid” show in the early 1990s. She also

Photo Credit: Disney

In a statement, the Miss America Organization shared, “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.” They continued, “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.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Our thoughts are with Leanza Cornett’s family and loved ones.

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