Original Ariel from WDW’s ‘Voyage of the Little Mermaid’ Leanza Cornett Dies at Age 49

Original Ariel from WDW’s ‘Voyage of the Little Mermaid‘ Leanza Cornett Dies at Age 49. Miss America 1993 and original Ariel from Walt Disney World’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid Leanza Cornett has died at the age of 49 after sustaining a head injury.

The news was shared by Cornett’s family as well as the Miss America Organization. MAO shares, “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. With much love, The MAO Team”

Cornett’s ex-husband, Mark Steines, also confirmed the news via Instagram, stating, “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.”


Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of Leanza Cornett. 🕯

Featured Photo Credit: Miss America Organization/Disney

Source: USA Today

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