A statement from the New York Police Department described that a “26-year-old woman was found early Tuesday morning unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the sidewalk in the vicinity of Undercliff Avenue and Boscobel Place, within the confines of the 44 Precinct.”
There were “no obvious signs of trauma observed,” the statement continued. “EMS responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.”
According to the New York Times, police found her partly clothed with a bag of cocaine nearby. The investigation is ongoing and the cause of death is pending from the medical examiner.
McHenry was longtime friends with EJ Johnson, Magic Johnson’s son. They first appeared together on E! Network series “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and then on his spinoff show, “EJNYC.” McHenry also produced the reality program charting Johnson’s life. “EJNYC” only lasted one season.
McHenry’s father, Doug McHenry, has directed and produced films including “New Jack City,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” and the “House Party” series. McHenry’s family said in a statement that she “was a brilliant, creative and lovely young woman who shared a deep passion for writing, film and a long-standing commitment to social justice.”
The McHenry family also expressed appreciation for condolences and that said her cause of death remained undetermined.
“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 a.m. 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.”
Funeral plans for McHenry are being scheduled in Los Angeles, where she grew up and returned to in February.