Miss Universe finalist found dead aged 23 as pals share devastating tributes

A Miss World finalist who says she has taken her own life has been described as ‘snappy’ and ‘sincere’.

23-year-old Tragic Amber-Lee Friis died on Monday in Auckland, New Zealand.

She traveled to Thailand in 2018 as a Miss World NZ Finalist, but lost in the last round.

Amber-Lee previously revealed that she was relentlessly bullied at school for her ‘slanting eyes’ and ‘tanned skin’ – with a classmate repeatedly calling her name.

In 2018, she admitted she felt that the world was ‘busy’ her.

She said, “I remember sitting in my room one night and thinking how difficult life could be. At a young age you feel that the world is pressing on your shoulders.

“I had a negative view of everything. I introduced myself as an angry, fat old lady, but then I thought: this is not what I want to be.



A Miss World New Zealand spokesperson said, “All of us at Miss World NZ are terribly sad to hear this.

“Amber definitely turned around on her participant journey, after an early ‘wobble’ she became one of the most positive and supportive participants we had in the seven years that we held the MU license.

“She has conquered so much to join us and she has won our admiration and respect from the beginning.”



Miss Universe finalist found dead aged 23 as pals share devastating tributes

Miss World NZ CEO Nigel Godfrey described her as “spicy” and “sincere”.

He wrote: “We loved and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend long after the game ended.

“Amber Lee changed her life, and indeed her experience with us, into an incredibly positive force forever.”

An enthusiast wrote, “Rest in peace Amber-Lee, you are so loved by so many people.”

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans’ 24-hour helpline at 116 123, email [email protected], personally visit a Samaritans branch, or visit the Samaritans website.

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