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Former Chiefs cheerleader Krystal Anderson, 40, dies “unexpectedly” after giving birth

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The Kansas City Chiefs are mourning the loss of one of their friends after it was announced that former cheerleader Krystal “Krissy” Anderson died shortly after giving birth to her daughter last week. She was 40.

The Chiefs cheer team shared the heartbreaking news on social media last week.

Chiefs cheerleaders perform

Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform at the Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2015 in London. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

“She was loved and adored by her teammates, fans and strangers who were never strangers for long,” the post continued Read Instagram. “We will miss her kind spirit, joyful energy and sparkle. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. We will cherish every moment we had with her. At a later date, we will share how we will continue to honor her legacy.”

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According to an obituary posted online, Anderson died “unexpectedly” on March 20. She died shortly after giving birth to her daughter Charlotte Willow, who was “born in peace,” according to the post.

Anderson’s friend Shanna Adamic told the story FOX 4 Kansas City that she was 21 weeks pregnant when doctors told her they couldn’t detect a heartbeat. Anderson’s husband, Clayton Anderson, also told the outlet that his wife developed a fever after giving birth to their daughter. She eventually suffered organ failure due to sepsis and died days later.

Chiefs cheerleaders perform

Cheerleaders during the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2015 in London. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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Anderson cheered on over 100 people Chiefs games According to the team, from 2006 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016. In addition to being a team captain and appearing in the Pro Bowl and international games, Anderson “visited our troops around the world, including in Iraq, Kuwait, and throughout the United States.” United States”.

“A terrible loss for our team, our organization and everyone who has ever crossed their path,” Tavia Hunt, wife of Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, wrote in a comment on the Chiefs cheer post.

“We love and miss you, Krissy. Hug Lamar and Norma for us.”

Tavia Hunt at a Chiefs game

Tavia Hunt, wife of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, smiles on the sidelines before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on November 6, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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According to her obituary, Anderson was born on April 27, 1983 in Texas. After graduating from the University of Richmond, she worked as a software engineer. She was described as being dedicated to philanthropy, giving back to the community, and “strongly advocating for Black women in STEM and women’s health.”

She is survived by her husband Clayton, both her parents and her brother. According to the obituary, she was preceded in death by “her infant son James Charles and infant daughter Charlotte Willow.”

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