Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dead at 49 — 'A bright and beautiful spirit'

Leanza Cornett, who was named Miss America 1993, died Wednesday afternoon after being hospitalized with a head injury.She was 49.Cornett, born in Virginia but raised in Florida, was named Miss Florida in 1992 before winning the national pageant a year later.“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,” the Miss America Organization said in a statement.“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.”Cornett suffered a h…

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