Nearly three months after the death of Lyric McHenry the cause got revealed and an initial arrest has been made.
The 26-year-old reality star Lyric McHenry was found dead after an East Coast birthday celebration on August 14, 2018. Lyric was found above the Major Deegan Expressway early the Tuesday morning and taken to Bronx-Lebanon hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Lyric, reportedly 20 weeks pregnant at the time, suffered a lethal overdose from a combination of substances including heroin, cocaine, and alcohol.
The reality star had celebrated her 26th birthday just hours before her death at the Frederick Hotel, the SoHo Grand and Dream Downtown in Manhattan and posted videos to Instagram as the night progressed.
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On October 15, Alexis Meijia-Ramirez, 29, got arrested in connection with Lyric’s death. He faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse.
Alexis is accused of aiding two other men in the movement of Lyric’s body. The first court appearance is set to be on Wednesday.
Lyric’s family released a statement a week after her passing that read in part:
“...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.”
A private funeral was held in early September and family friend, Magic Johnson wrote on social the day after:
“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.”
Others present at the private memorial service was best friend EJ Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Magic Johnson. Jussie Smollett and Sugar Ray Leonard were also in attendance.
Stevie Wonder recorded a video performing a song he dedicated to the late Lyric and her parents, as he was on tour and was unable to attend. Senator Kamala Harris, who Lyric had previously interned from also sent a tribute video offering condolences. A more public memorial service was held in West Hollywood where around 300 guests paid tribute to the late Lyric McHenry.