Lyric McHenry Laid to Rest, Mourned by Magic Johnson
About three weeks after she was found dead in the most shocking and disturbing of manners, Lyric McHenry has been laid to rest.
Details on the funeral have not been made public, but basketball legend Magic Johnson is actually the one who confirmed that a service took place on Wednesday.
Johnson was close to the late 26-year old because she was very good friends with his son, EJ.
McHenry, in fact, was known to television viewers because she made multiple appearances on the first and only season of EJNYC, a spinoff of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills that aired in 2016.
It centered on the life of EJ Johnson and his circle of acquaintances; Lyric and her sister were prominent members of this latter group.
On August 14, however, McHenry’s body was discovered in the Bronx.
She was only wearing underwear and a pajamas top — and a small bag of cocaine was found on her person.
Friends and family members issued statements of sadness and confusion shortly afterward, all stunned by this development.
It was also originally reported that McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death, something no one close to her appears to have been aware of.
In the wake of her funeral, this is what Magic Johnson Tweeted:
Yesterday was a difficult day as we laid to rest Lyric McHenry, a daughter to Cookie and I and best friend to EJ.
We’ve known Lyric since she was a baby and shared many lifelong memories with her and her family. We were blessed to witness her become a caring and brilliant young lady.
Her talent was special and her potential limitless.
She will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace.
The Hall of Famer’s son has only said a very little bit about losing his best friend.
Back on August 27, EJ said simply via Instagram:
“I’m going to make this clear to everyone.
“There will be no mourning post because I’m not going to reduce a 25 year friendship to one Instagram post. Please respect my privacy and my process.”
McHenry graduated from Stanford University and interned with Barack Obama’s campaign many years ago.
Some of her loved ones have even wondered whether she was murdered because they simply can’t comprehend her having died from a drug overdose.
They still have so many questions regarding just what transpired the night/morning of McHenry’s passing.
“Lyric’s warmth, compassion and energy will be missed by many and the family would appreciate that all speculation surrounding the circumstances of death cease until the real facts are determined during the current investigation by the NYPD and the City of New York,” her family said the day after she died.
Considering the circumstances surrounding her death, they also fought back against chatter that McHenry was living some sort of shameful or sordid existence:
“Lyric who just turned 26 last week on August 6, was a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film and a long-standing commitment to social justice.
“She was a Christian who grew up in Los Angeles and attended the Center for Early Education and graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles.
“Lyric graduated from Stanford University in 2014 where she studied in Paris, France for a year and spoke fluent French.”
May she rest in peace.