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Everything we currently know about the death of Lyric McHenry, the pregnant 26-year-old reality TV star

by Asfa Shakeel

26-year-old reality TV star Lyric McHenry was found dead on Tuesday on a sidewalk in the Bronx. She was 20 weeks pregnant at the time. Her family suspects foul play was involved.

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Lyric McHenry

Lyric McHenry was found dead in the Bronx on Tuesday. (Image source: Instagram/Lyric McHenry)

Here is everything we know about her death so far:

1. Police Statement

A statement obtained by CNN from the New York Police Department says:

“A 26-year-old woman was found early Tuesday morning unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk in the vicinity of Undercliff Avenue and Boscobel Place, within the confines of the 44 Precinct.

The report also said that there were ‘no obvious signs of trauma observed’, adding, “EMS responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

2. Drugs may have been a cause of death

The New York Times said that she was found partly clothed in just a pajama top and her underwear, with a bag of cocaine near her. The cause of death has not been released yet, and investigation by medical examiners is ongoing.

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3. She was partying the night she died

Hours before she was found, her Instagram story showed her partying at several places in New York City, including the Frederick Hotel, the SoHo Grand and Dream Downtown in lower Manhattan. The star turned 26 on August 6 and was celebrating with her friends.

4. Foul Play Involved?

The family of the victim believes that there was foul play involved in her death, and told Daily Mail that they believe she died somewhere else and was dumped in the Bronx where she was found. They also said that while they knew she was pregnant, they had never heard of cocaine use from her before.

Lyric McHenry

Her family said that they suspect foul play was involved. (Image source: Instagram/Lyric McHenry)

Ardis Irvine, a neighbour of McHenry’s mother said, “She didn’t die at the place they found her. She didn’t live in the Bronx, though she lived in New York. Her knees were all scraped up, so either she was dumped there or she crawled trying to get out of that area and then she passed out.

5. Education and Career

McHenry, a graduate of Stanford University, appeared on E! Entertainment‘s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and then on Magic Johnson’s show EJNYC. She also produced the reality program charting Johnson’s life, which lasted only one season. She also volunteered as a fundraiser for former President Obama’s campaigns.

6. Friendship with Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson wished her a happy birthday on Instagram as well, writing, “Happy birthday to my best friend who has strutted with my in princess gowns since day 1 @lyric_leigh words cannot express how much I love and appreciate you in my life. Your constant love, respect and companionship gives me the confidence to live my truth every single day and I am so blessed that even as baby divas we recognized the greatness in each other. I love you #leoseason #teamthis.

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Lyric is good friends with Magic Johnson. (Image source: Instagram/EJ Johnson)

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7. Her mother

McHenry’s mother, Jennifer, also wished her, writing, “Happy 26 years my beautiful princess Lyric Leigh. I love you more than any words or gifts can express! You have been one of the greatest gifts in my life and Our journey together as mommy and daughter has fulfilled and blessed me abundantly! I adore you beautiful brilliant “pinta”.”

Lyric McHenry

Her mother wished her a happy birthday on Instagram. (Image source: Instagram/Jennifer Thread McHenry)

8. Family Statement

McHenry’s family said in a statement that she “was a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film and a long-standing commitment to social justice.” They also thanked fans for their support and said that the cause of her death had not been determined so far.

They said, “The McHenry Family deeply appreciates the many communications of support from Lyric McHenry’s many friends upon learning of her untimely death at approximately 6:00 a.m. the morning of August 14th, 2018. Despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Lyric’s death has yet to be determined.

Lyric McHenry

McHenry’s family said the cause of her death is not know so far. (Image source: Instagram/Lyric McHenry)

McHenry’s funeral will take place in Los Angeles.

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