Lyric McHenry, Former E! Reality Star, Dead at 26
Lyric McHenry, a reality star who appeared the E! program EJNYC, was found dead Tuesday morning of a suspected drug overdose.
She was 26 years old.
According to The New York Daily News, McHenry was found on a sidewalk at 5 a.m. above the Major Deegan Expressway at Undercliff Ave. and Boscobel Place in Highbridge in the Bronx area of New York.
The Daily Mail then adds that McHenry he was discovered wearing only a pajama top and no pants.
There was a small Ziplock bag of cocaine on McHenry at the time, leading police to believe she died of an overdose.
This is what authorities told Us Weekly in explaining what they found early on Tuesday:
“Lyric McHenry, 26, was found sprawled out on the sidewalk above the Major Deegan Expressway at Undercliff Ave. and Boscobel Place in Highbridge at about 5 a.m.
“McHenry was rushed to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, where she died. Police are investigating, the matter is ongoing.”
We’ve also since learned that McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her passing.
Along with her sister Maya, McHenry was very good friends with EJ, the son NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
They both made appearances on EJ’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills spinoff, EJNYC, which aired for one season on E! in 2016.
McHenry also served as a producer on the series.
(She’s pictured alongside EJ in the photo that leads this article.)
In a multitude of Instagram Stories posted late Monday night, McHenry chronicles her evening out in the Big Apple.
She tagged herself at The Frederick Hotel, SoHo Grand Hotel and Dream Downtown, for example.
Moreover, the former E! personality shared videos of herself snapping selfies in the bathroom and mingling with friends who wished her a happy birthday.
Previously, EJ had also taken to Instagram to pass along the same wishes to his pal, 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.”
McHenry was a graduate of Stanford University.
She went on to work as an associate producer for Complex Networks prior to becoming a freelance writer and producer in 2017.
“Rest In Peace Lyric McHenry,” Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Dorothy Wang wrote on Twitter after learning of this horrible news, adding:
“You were an angel amongst us.”
We send our condolences to all who knew Lyric McHenry well.
May she rest in peace.