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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 own after announcing that former cheerleader Krystal “Krissy” Anderson died shortly after giving birth to her daughter last week. She was 40 years old.

THE Chiefs Cheering Team shared the heartbreaking news on social media last week.

Chiefs cheerleaders perform

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

“She was loved and adored by her teammates, fans and strangers who never stayed away for long,” the post read. Instagram reading. “We will miss her caring spirit, joyful energy and radiance. 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 his legacy.


According to an obituary posted online, Anderson “died unexpectedly” on March 20. She died shortly after the birth of her daughter Charlotte Willow, who, according to the publication, “was born at rest.”

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

Chiefs cheerleaders perform

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


Anderson applauded more than 100 Chef games from 2006 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016, depending on the team. In addition to being a team captain and making appearances at the Pro Bowl and international games, Anderson “visited our troops all over the world, including Iraq, Kuwait and throughout the United States.”

“A profound loss to our team, our organization and everyone who crossed his 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. Kiss 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)


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

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

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