Samantha Edwards

Samantha Edwards, a former Miss North Dakota, died June 14, according to multiple news sources. She was 37.

A cause of death was pending results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, according to police.

Edwards was found dead Tuesday in her Minneapolis home. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that police were summoned to her home at about 7:30 a.m. and found her body.

Edwards was named Miss North Dakota USA in 2003.

The Miss USA Pageant shared condolences in a post on Facebook: "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 organization."

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Edwards’ family and friends have created a GoFundMe page to help defray funeral expenses. As of Friday, the page had raised nearly $20,000 by more than 200 donors.

Edwards “was one of the most vibrant, crazy, compassionate, loyal balls of energy you could ever come across in life,” said Jessica Dereschuk, one of Edwards’ friends, on the GoFundMe page. “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'd throw your way - but you always knew she would be there for you.  She was awesome like that."

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