'Pregnant' reality star and Stanford graduate, 26, found dead in New York street with cocain
By Daily Mail
A former reality star was found dead on a sidewalk in Manhattan wearing no pants and in possession of cocaine. She was 20 weeks pregnant, Daily Mail reported.
Lyric McHenry, 26, was discovered above the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx around 5am on Tuesday after a night of barhopping across Manhattan for her birthday.
McHenry, who appeared in the E! show EJNYC with Magic Johnson's son EJ, died of a suspected drug overdose, according to police.
Authorities said McHenry was dressed in a pajama top and underwear but was not wearing pants.
Lyric McHenry was best friends with Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star and Magic Johnson's son EJ Johnson [Photo: Courtesy]
Her knees were bruised but she had no other injuries, according to the New York Daily News.
Police sources said some cocaine was also found on her.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine her exact cause of death. It is unclear if McHenry knew at the time that she was pregnant.
It appears that McHenry had been celebrating her birthday in the hours before her death.
Throughout the night she had posted a slew of Instagram videos at various hotspots across Manhattan.
Her last known address, according to public records, was in the Lower East Side, 11 miles away from where her body was found.
McHenry first posted a boomerang of a chessboard at The Frederick Hotel in Tribeca, before she moved to the Soho Grand Hotel.
'This is where my heart is,' she wrote over the picture, which showed bread and cheese.
McHenry, who was wearing a silk pink dress throughout the night, later took a bathroom selfie at an unknown location.
She then made her way to the Dream Downtown, a hotel in Chelsea.
Police sources said McHenry (pictured hours before her death) was 20 weeks pregnant and in possession of cocaine. She had been out celebrating her birthday
One snap showed off her male companion's suit while another showed them on a rooftop, holding drinks as he happily exclaimed 'It's your birthday!' while she blew a kiss to the camera.
McHenry's sister Maya, who also appeared on EJ Johnson's reality show, was likewise at the birthday celebration.
She posted an Instagram story of McHenry happily posing for the camera, the caption reading '@lyric_leigh bday turnup'.
McHenry was described as EJ's 'best friend since birth' when it was revealed she was cast in his New York spin-off from Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.
EJNYC lasted for one season on E! and featured EJ and a slew of his close friends in Manhattan. McHenry was also a producer on the show.
Before her stint on television, McHenry was a Ron Brown scholar at Stanford University and worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign when she was just 15 years old.
She went on to work as an agent trainee at UTA before moving on to jobs in video production at Complex Networks and Refinery29.
McHenry had also worked for Artists For A New South Africa, a charity that helps to 'improve post-apartheid South African society through combating HIV/AIDS', since she was 11 years old.
My view: What a horrible and lonely way to die, such a waste of young life, so sad.