On Monday night, Lyric McHenry was busy celebrating her 26th birthday in lower Manhattan, but by Tuesday morning she was found dead on the sidewalk wearing only a pajama top and underwear.
McHenry, who was reportedly 20 weeks pregnant, “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..” according to the New York Daily News. Police confirm that McHenry was found pantless with bruised knees and in possession of a small ziplock bag containing cocaine; authorities suspect her death may have been an accidental overdose.
Lyric rose to fame as a producer and featured friend on EJ Johnson’s E! reality show “EJNYC”. The son of Lakers legend Magic Johnson recently posted this beautiful message to his friend for her birthday (August 6th).
Following “EJNYC” Lyric went on to work for Complex and Refinery 29. She also worked on the Obama campaign when she was just 15-years-old.
After being found on the sidewalk Lyric was taken to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where she died. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine McHenry’s cause of death.
The McHenry family has released a statement:
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 AM 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.
In contrast, what is factual and known is that 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. She began her career in the entertainment industry as an intern on “The Real Hollywood Husbands” TV show. Thereafter, she worked at United Talent Agency (UTA) and found her true passion, internet content and went on to work at Refinery 29 and Complex.
Lyric worked on numerous social justice issues throughout her high school years including volunteering for the Obama Campaign in 2007-2008 at age 15 and again in 2012, both times working on the LA fundraising staff and organizing various campaign events.
Lyric produced and raised funds via crowd funding for her first film which won several film festival awards, and was a Producer and member of the cast of E! show EJ NYC.
Currently, Lyric was working on packaging and development of several well-regarded film and TV projects. She was also interviewing for several West Coast Media jobs having returned to LA in February from working in NYC for several years and preparing her applications for a business school MBA Program.
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.
Lyric is the daughter of Producer and Director Doug McHenry, an award-winning filmmaker known for New Jack City, The Brothers, Jason’s Lyric and approximately 20 other films. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Her mother Jennifer, a stylist to the stars including Oprah Winfrey as one of her clients. She is also survived by her sister, Maya McHenry.
The Funeral Service will be held in her hometown Los Angeles at a date to be determined.
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