A former winner of the Miss North Dakota beauty pageant was found dead on Tuesday in a Minneapolis home. Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the cause of Samantha M. Edwards’ death.

Edwards, 37, who was known as ‘Sami’ by her friends, was crowned Miss North Dakota USA in 2003.

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On her Facebook page, Edwards said she had studied at the University of North Dakota and the Aveda Institute, Minneapolis.

The Miss USA Facebook page shared a message on Facebook, saying they’re ‘saddened’ to hear about the death of ‘one of the most vibrant, energetic, and full-loving titleholders’ they’ve had.

“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,” wrote Jessica Dereschuk on a Go Fund Me page set up to cover funeral expenses.

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