2003's Miss North Dakota USA, Fargo's Samantha Edwards, was found dead in Minnesota on Tuesday, June 14th. She was 36 years old.

According to KARE11.com, Edwards was found non-responsive in her home by a friend. There was nothing found at the scene that would indicate it was anything other than a natural death, though an autopsy is being performed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a former Miss MInnesota to help cover the costs of Edwards' funeral. You can make a donation HERE.

A tribute to Edwards was posted on Facebook by Pageant Update - Miss USA Coverage late Tuesday:

AVIV 613 Vodka also posted a tribute to Edwards on their Facebook page:

Miss North Dakota USA has yet to release a statement.

[KARE11.com]