Kayleigh Scott, a transgender flight attendant who rose to prominence after appearing in a United Airlines commercial, was discovered dead in her Colorado home on Monday. She was 25 years old.
Scott, who shared her transition story for a United 2020 Trans Day of Visibility video, declared in a 2:30 a.m. She announced on Instagram that she was planning to end her life.
“As I take my final breaths and exit this living earth, I would like to apologize to everyone I let down. I am so sorry I could not be better,” reads the emotional Instagram post. “To those that I love, I am sorry I could not be stronger. To those that gave me their everything, I am sorry my effort was not reciprocated.”
When reached by The Post for comment, reps for United said, “We are incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Kayleigh Scott and extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and co-workers.”
Scott’s friends, according to comments on her final post, called Denver authorities and asked them to conduct a welfare check on the flight attendant.
“Please understand that my departure is not a reflection of you, but of my own inability to change for the better,” Scott continued. Ashley, Cynthia, Regine, and Sophia, please accept my heartfelt gratitude. I deeply regret this. Please remember me for the good times we had, not for my mistakes. I’ll see you all later.”
According to the Los Angeles Blade, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department said that an investigation is ongoing and that the final determination of cause of death will be made by the Denver Medical Examiner’s office.
However, Scott’s sister, Ashley Scott, later commented to confirm her sister’s death.
“To all who have commented and those watching this post, Kay has passed,” Ashely said. “Thank you for your concern and outpouring of love for her. We are going to miss her so much.”
Scott made headlines in 2020 when United featured her as a part of their diversity campaign.
“There was so much pain behind that sweet boy’s eyes … This is a story that I know is so important for me to continue sharing,” said Scott in the video documenting her struggles to fit into the cis community. “Not for me, but for those out there who are still fighting social norms, the boundaries set upon them, fighting themselves. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans, pan, whatever, whoever you identify as, come out to be counted.”
Scott said that she credited United for helping her transition.
“My life changed for the better when I came to United as a flight attendant. With the support from the company, our business resource group for LGBTQ+ employees, and all of my loving coworkers,” Scott said at the time. “I was able to break free from the chains that helped me and to this day, I’m living confidently it’s my true self.”
Details surrounding the end of her life remain unclear, but several of her friends did reveal that she struggled with depression.
“2022 has been a year packed with upset and difficulty,” wrote Scott in a New Year’s Eve Facebook post. “I saw too much death & loss in my life, I came to realize I work a meaningless job for a company that doesn’t value me as an employee.”
“I had my heart destroyed, I lost my nice little home and had to downsize significantly and start over,” continued the post. “I’m really struggling to find happiness and hope. I’m begging 2023 to be better to me. Please.”
Scott’s mother also posted about her daughter’s passing.
“I now have words, my mind is completely rushed with thoughts of you and you like a flooded river are just rushing though my heart,” wrote Andrea Sylvestro. “Kayleigh Scott … I am so unbelievably proud to have you as my daughter, proud and amazed by everything that you have done in your life, your smile was absolutely beautiful, your laughter was unbelievably contagious, your heart was bigger than any of us could have ever understood.”