Former Miss North Dakota Samantha Edwards found dead at 37

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Former Miss North Dakota USA Samantha Edwards Found Dead

Former Miss North Dakota Samantha Edwards was found dead in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday.

Police discovered Edwards' body after getting a call around 7:30 a.m., the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said in a news release. She was 37 years old. Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to determine cause of death.

Edwards was crowned Miss North Dakota USA in 2003.

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The Miss USA organization responded to the news on Thursday.

"We are saddened by the sudden loss of Samantha Edwards, Miss North Dakota USA 2003," the organization's official Facebook posted alongside pictures of Edwards. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. She will forever be a part of this organization."

A GoFundMe page has been started to help cover funeral expenses.

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"Samantha Edwards, affectionately known by most as 'Sami,' was one of the most vibrant, crazy, compassionate, loyal balls of energy you could ever come across in life," Jessica Dereschuk, who was crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2004 and who describes herself as Edwards' best friend, writes. "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."

As of Thursday, the page has already raised over $18,000.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2016 by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Actor Terrence J (L) and actress/singer Julianne Hough co-host the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Singer A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys salutes Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber as she walks onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barber went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2016 by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (C) is surrounded by fellow contestants after she was crowned Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Recording artist Chris Young performs during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: The top 15 compete in the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin and Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis compete in the top 3 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Singers A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys perform during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis (L) walks onstage while singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys performs during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Dakota USA 2016 Madison McKeown competes in the evening gown competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis went on to be be named 2nd runner up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) and Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin hold hands as Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber is named Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hardin was first runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin is named a top 10 finalist after the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Miss Connecticut USA 2016 Tiffany Teixeira, Miss Missouri USA 2016 Sydnee Stottlemyre and Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia compete in the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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