Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum waves as she walks on a runway as Miss America contestants arrive in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
In the video – shared here – SNJ Today refers to McCollum's impact on others' lives as "immeasurable."
"It's impossible to imagine anyone can accomplish so much in just 24 years," the video states, "but Cara McCollum wasn't just anyone."
Funeral arrangements for McCollum have not been announced.
Photo courtesy/Trudi Gilfillian
"Cara McCollum, a kind, funny, very smart soul, passed away this morning. I really didn't think she would. I consider myself fortunate to have been there the year she won Miss New Jersey. None of us know when our time here will end, but she made the very most of her young life," former Press of Atlantic City reporter Trudi Gilfillian, who covered the Miss New Jersey competition in 2013, the year Cara McCollum was crowned, wrote on Facebook. Gilfillian also shared this photo of McCollum on Facebook.