Years Before Doctor Died of Apparent Drug Overdose, She Was a Promising Beauty Queen
Two decades before dermatologist Kiersten Cerveney tragically died in the entrance of a Manhattan apartment block, she was a winning beauty queen.
Footage obtained by INSIDE EDITION shows her taking part in the 1995 Miss Junior America Competition, which she won when she was 18.
But on Sunday morning, at the age of 38, she was found in a Chelsea apartment building entrance and was pronounced dead - apparently after a cocaine overdose.
Details of her final hours are beginning to emerge.
Dr. Kiersten Cerveny's night began at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with drinks at a hotel. At 2 a.m., she linked up with a Facebook friend, television producer Marc Henry Johnson.
According to reports, they left the bar together at 3 a.m. and headed to a building in Chelsea where they met up with James Holder, a convicted felon who has served time for drug possession.
Police say the 38-year-old doctor partied with the two men into the early hours of the morning. At some point, they say she apparently overdosed on cocaine and lost consciousness. The men reportedly panicked and were seen on surveillance camera carrying her down to the front vestibule and the TV producer called 911.
She was pronounced dead at 9:12 a.m.
According to the New York Daily News, a police source said: “Based on the preliminary finds, we are not treating this as a homicide case. There is nothing at this point to suggest criminal activity. We have no indication, so far, of any force issue in her death.”
From a very young age Kiersten Cerveney seemed destined for great things.
After winning the pageant in 1995, she went on to graduate from Duke University and Tulane Medical School where she met her husband Andrew, also an accomplished dermatologist.
They recently moved to a million dollar home in Manhasset, Long Island with their three children. Neighbors described the doctor as an avid jogger and tennis player at the local country club.
The men she was partying with have been questioned by police but have not been charged with a crime.