As previously reported in terrible detail, Lyric McHenry was found dead early Tuesday morning in New York City.
The former E! reality star, who made appearances two years ago on the only season of EJNYC, was discovered around 5 a.m. — only wearing underwear and a pajama top.
But that wasn’t all.
Authorities have confirmed that a small ziplock bag of cocaine was also found on McHenry’s person, leading the police to presume that she died of a drug overdose.
However, an investigation is open and more information will possibly be revealed in the coming days.
Perhaps most shocking and disturbing of all?
McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
A multitude of social media images and videos from the night before her passing make it clear she was out partying, although we can’t confirm whether she was drinking or not.
Then, of course, there’s the issue of that cocaine.
This is all a preamble to the following question…
Did Lyric McHenry know she was pregnant?
One would assume so, based on how far along reports have claimed her to have been.
But a friend named Etienne Maurice tells Radar Online that he was very close to Henry and he had no clue about the impending child.
“Nobody knew,” says this pal. “I’m trying to figure out how. I’m completely blindsided.”
Maurice goes on to say that he doesn’t believe McHenry was aware, either, emphasizing that she wasn’t showing a baby bump at all.
(Women, of course, have a very distinct way of knowing whether or not they are pregnant aside from the size of their stomach.)
McHenry, based on everything we’ve read so far, certainly wasn’t acting pregnant.
But the sad truth is that some people do not treat their bodies well even when they are aware that a fetus is growing inside.
Aside from the pregnancy issue, questions continue to swirl around the manner in which McHenry was found.
Could she have been murdered? Did she overdose and then get dumped on the sidewalk?
Maurice previously told Radar that McHenry left her friends on Monday night outside of a club and got into a car with someone none of them knew and cannot now identity.
McHenry was a Stanford University graduate who interned on the Obama campaign as a teenager; hence the photograph above.
Her father, Doug McHenry, who has produced films that include New Jack City, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and the House Party franchise, issued a statement through his publicist on Wednesday describing his daughter as “a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film, and a longstanding commitment to social justice.”
And the family as a whole said the following yesterday evening:
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.
The lengthy statement concluded as follows:
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…
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.
The Funeral Service will be held in her hometown Los Angeles at a date to be determined.
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