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Lyric McHenry Dies, Friends and Loved Ones React in Shock

The world of reality television was dealt a tragic and awful blow on Tuesday night.

Former EJNYC star Lyric McHenry was found dead in New York City, with details of her passing causing those who knew her well to react in stunned silence and/or shocked sorrow.

According to various outlets, McHenry was discovered at 5 a.m. on a sidewalk in the Bronx.

She was wearing nothing but a pajamas top and there was a small bag of cocaine on her person.

Authorities therefore suspect that McHenry died of a drug overdose.

Along with the actual narcotics found at the scene, this belief was fortified by the many Instagram photos and videos shared by McHenry and her friends late Monday night, all of which documented their night out in New York.

Here are two examples of such photos:

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McHenry, her sister Maya (who also is friends with EJ Johnson and who also appeared on the aforementioned E! reality series in 2016) and some pals hit up multiple well-known Big Apple hot spots during their celebration.

Lyric was only 26 years old at the time of her death.

And, according to The New York Daily News, she was 20 weeks pregnant.

Just horrible.

Those who knew McHenry well are not taking the news of her passing well, for obvious and understandable reasons.

Dorothy Wang, who starred alongside EJ Johnson and who was close friends with McHenry, Tweeted the following after learning of Lyric’s death:

Rest In Peace Lyric McHenry. You were an angel amongst us.

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Wang was a cast member on E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills for four seasons and EJNYC was a one-season spinoff of this program.

Wang also called out reports about McHenry’s death that did NOT include all of her accomplishments, insiders or social media users who only focused on the overdose.

“Lyric was a Stanford graduate, scholar, activist, an intelligent, caring, friend, sister, daughter, and member of society!!!” wrote Wang.

It’s true: she also volunteered on the Obama campaign when she was 15 years old.

“Working for this campaign made my awkward stage at 15 so much doper,” wrote McHenry as a caption to the picture below, adding:

Thank you to the Obamas for inspiring us, leading with love and intellect, bringing art and artists to the White House, and also Sasha and Malia.”

Radar Online, meanwhile, writes that McHenry’s mom reacted in such hysterics upon hearing that her daughter died that she had to be hospitalized.

The 26-year-old’s mother, Jennifer, was “crying and fell to the ground and we had to catch her,” a source said about the sad situation.

This is what the New York Police Department wrote in regard to what transpired yesterday:

“On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 0505 hours, police encountered a 26-year-old female, 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.

“EMS responded to the location and transported the aided female to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“The investigation remains ongoing.”

And this is what EJ Johnson, the son of basketball legend Magic Johnson, wrote on social media on August 6 and McHenry and her impending birthday:

Happy birthday to my best friend who has strutted with my in princess gowns since day 1 @lyric_leighwords cannot express how much I love and appreciate you in my life.

Your constant love, respect and companionship gives me the confidence to live my truth every single day and I am so blessed that even as baby divas we recognized the greatness in each other.

I love you #leoseason #teamthis.

May Lyric McHenry rest in peace.

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Danielle Mullins: I Can PROVE That Mohamed Jbali Loved Me!

Of all of the controversial 90 Day Fiance couples, is there any pair that fans love to hate more than Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali?

These two are very firmly exes, now. It’s probably safe to say that they hate each other.

But Danielle says that Mohamed really did love her, once upon a time. In fact, she’s showing “proof” of his love to her fans.

Recently, 90 Day Fiance fans have wanted to know if Anfisa Nava is pregnant. They’ve also wanted to know if Paola Mayfield is expecting a baby with Russ.

But Danielle is getting people’s attention for a very different reason.

See, while Mohamed moved to Texas last year and Danielle decided to sue him for withholding sex, they weren’t always enemies.

Many fans have long believed that Mohamed was just using Danielle to get a Green Card so that he could start a new life in the United States.

But Danielle believes that she can prove that he loved her — and she’s showing that to her followers.

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Mohamed certainly appears to be affectionate in these texts.

“Thank you my love.”

He clearly said that he wanted to be with her.

“I love you so much and I am missing you.”

It sounds like he was getting impatient.

“I am trying to be positive to help my self waiting.”

Danielle was already a mother, but he repeatedly makes it clear that this is not a problem for him.

“I want to be with a wife and kids.”

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He said that he was looking forward to his new reality after he moved to the United States and married Danielle.

“My life will be much better with you and kids.”

His texts reveal that he was looking forward to joining her family.

“I can’t wait to start my life with girls.”

Again, it sounds like he was really anticipating his new life.

“Every day I am thinking of you and them.”

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Taking Mohamed’s words at face value, he was very excited to be with Danielle.

“And I am imagining how will be my life you all.”

That comes across a little garbled (English is not his first language, but that means that he speaks two languages — so don’t make fun of him for a few awkward texts).

“Every day I am upset [because] of that.”

Anticipation can be difficult.

They talk about missing what would have been their wedding date.

“I know that my love. I am tired of waiting.”

Mohamed talks like he was feeling thoroughly over the wait.

“I wanna be with my wife and her kids.”

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So, Danielle is definitely showing evidence that Mohamed told her that he loved her again and again.

That is nott he same thing as proof that he actually loved her.

No one really thinks that he treated her like a jerk while he was still in Tunis, Tunisia.

The assumption has been that he sweet-talked Danielle and feigned interest in her until they could get married. Scoring a little extra cash thanks to a reality show appearance was just a bonus.

According to this theory, Mohamed was always planning on leaving Danielle as soon as he felt that it was safe.

It sounds like Danielle believes that he really did love her and meant what he was saying in all of these texts.

Which would mean that she may really think that it was her alleged body odor that drove him away, or that he changed.

No one is claiming that Mohamed or Danielle is a good person, but … their whole story is just so sad.

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Duggar Family Mourns the Death of a Loved One

Sad news out of Arkansas today, as members of the Duggar family are mourning a tragic loss.

Jessa Duggar broke the news on Facebook this week, asking for fans’ help in supporting the family of Dianna Fleshman, a longtime friend who was tragically struck down in her prime.

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“Our hearts ache over the loss of this dear friend, but we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” Jessa wrote, along with a link to the family’s GoFundMe page.

“Please continue to pray for Dianna’s family, and especially for her husband and 2-month-old son, during this time.”

Jessa did not go into further detail, but according to the fundraising page, Dianna and her husband, Dylan Fleshman, were driving from Oklahoma to Minnesota with their infant son when they were struck by a crop-sprayer.

Dylan and Victor were unharmed, but Dianna died in a hospital six days after the accident.

“On Friday, the 25th of May, 2018 Dylan and Dianna Fleshman (from Guthrie, Oklahoma) were driving to her family’s house in Hayfield, Minnesota for dinner, when they collided with a large crop sprayer a half mile from the family’s home,” reads the GoFundMe page.

“Dylan and their two-month-old son Vincent came away from the accident without injury. However, Dianna received major head trauma and a fractured skull.”

As Dylan is now his infant son’s sole caretaker, it may be quite some time before he’s able to return to work.

“We are hoping to raise funds for Dylan and his family as he will be unable to work for an extended amount of time,” the family explained.

“We feel that $ 68,000 is a good start to help ease some of the financial pressure that he will be facing. Please keep the Fleshman family in your prayers as there are difficult decisions and hard times ahead.

“Thank you for your prayers and support. We are are hoping to raise this money over the next few weeks.”

Currently, more than $ 26,000 has been raised for Dianna’s family.

As one might expect of such a massive family, the Duggars have a massive network of friends.

And when they’re able to, they often use their considerable clout to lend a hand to those in need.

Just last year, a friend of Jill Duggar’s was murdered, and the Duggars stepped up to assist with fundraising efforts for the benefit of the woman’s family.

Money may seem a matter of little consequence in the face of death, but the Duggars seem well aware that for those left behind, it can help to alleviate a crushing burden.

Watch Counting On online for more of the Duggars at their charitable best, and click the link at the top of this article to help the Fleshman family with a financial contribution.

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Avicii Loved Ones Feared He Would Kill Himself, Rushed to Prevent Suicide

According to a recent report, Avicii talked to his loved ones just hours before he took his own life two weeks ago.

Based on this conversation and the DJ’s behavior/mindset/attitude during it, Avicii’s feared the worst.

They feared that Avicii would take his own life.

“The family was aware that Tim felt bad. It went up and down, but when he was in Oman, it became worse,” a source close to the family told the Swedish website Stoppa Pressarna.

This insider added:

“When they talked to Tim on the phone they became worried. The family realized that it was really bad and that one had to act.”

This article goes on to say that one family member immediately hopped on on a flight to the Middle East, but it was too late:

When the family member (believed to be Avicii’s brother) arrived in the city of Muscat, Avicii had already committed suicide.

As previously detailed, the beloved musician killed himself at the young age of 28, following years of admitted substance abuse and anxiety.

In 2016, Avicii took a hiatus from touring due to health issues (he was previously diagnosed with pancreatitis), both mental and physical.

He confessed to partying too much and feeling ongoing pressure to be a global success.

Earlier this week, TMZ quoted an insider who said the Swedish DJ used a shard of glass to fatally wound himself.

It’s unclear whether he cut himself on the wrist or on the neck, but it’s become evident that Avicii struggled tremendously with his place in the world.

“Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions,” read a recent family statement, shedding some light on what transpired with their relative.

This statement continued:

“When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music.

“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

Based on those final two sentences, it was assumed by most fans that Avicii did, indeed, kill himself.

And now that has been confirmed.

But this was the first we heard of the phone call between the late DJ and his family members.

It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it?

The hitmaker bled to death while on vacation on the aforementioned Arabian peninsula on Friday, April 20.

“It’s terrible for the family, an unusual sense of powerlessness and frustration that Tim left them in such young years,” the source told the website cited above, concluding:

“It’s a big tragedy. He was really a great guy.”

This really does seem to be the case.

In the wake of this suicide, those in entertainment took to social media to express their thoughts and their condolences.

You can read those tributes HERE.

We continue to send our own best wishes and to send our own prayers to everyone who knew Avicii best.

We simply loved his music. We can’t imagine what this must be like for those close to the musician.

May he rest in peace.

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Justin Bieber: I Knew I Loved Selena Gomez When She Almost Died!

Jelena, in one form or another, is back. For better or for worse.

As you can imagine, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s romantic bike rides didn’t just start up overnight.

Reportedly, Justin has been trying to worm his way back into Selena’s life ever since news broke of her kidney transplant. That news awoke something within him. …

Though this Bieber development might make you think that this was the other way around, The Weeknd broke up with Selena Gomez.

He reportedly ended things by phone after their relationship began to fizzle out, he believed, over the summer.

We don’t think that it’s an unfair interpretation of that to say that The Weeknd wasn’t so excited about their relationship when Selena Gomez got her kidney transplant and was on bedrest for a couple of months to recover.

It’s not like they were married, but … does it rub anyone else the wrong way that The Weeknd was apparently fine with their relationship up until Selena’s illness became inconvenient?

(To be fair, it’s been reported that another factor was their conflicting work schedules, but … still)

One way or the other, though, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reunited, after Justin managed to arrange a meet-up after calling Selena’s mom.

Even though Selena Gomez’s family can’t stand Bieber or the horse he rode in on, Selena’s mom apparently wanted to leave the choice up to Selena.

And … now we’re where we are today.

But there’s more to this story than we thought.

It was just under a month ago when we told you that Justin and Selena might get back together, if as friends.

But TMZ reports that Justin has been trying to reconnect with Selena for quite a while.

Justin didn’t just have to convince her mom that he and Selena should talk again.

He had to convince Selena, too.

That took some doing.

Not only does Selena’s family consider him “vile” and blame him for a serious bout of depression that she suffered, but Selena and Justin were estranged for a long time.

Remember when Justin Bieber was dating Sofia Richie?

Well, Justin’s fans gave him a hard time about posting so much about the relationship. (There were other issues, including Sofia’s age at the time)

Justin fired back angrily, because he was, at the time, kind of an out-of-control douchebag.

Selena Gomez spoke up to defend Justin’s fans, because celebs shouldn’t really lash out at their fans — for business reasons, and because it’s a dickish thing to do.

After that, well … they just didn’t speak. It was better that way.

What prompted Justin’s change of heart?

TMZ reports that it was Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant.

If you’re thinking “yeah, obviously,” there’s more to it than we’d all first realized.

This wasn’t just a scenario of Justin reconnecting with his ex to see how she’s doing, though that was also part of it.

When Justin learned of Selena’s transplant, sources close to him describe that he had something of an epiphany about Selena and how much she means to him.

It absolutely should not have taken Selena nearly dying (kidney failure due to Lupus and then major surgery is, let’s be clear, a near-death experience or two) for Justin to realize Selena’s value.

She’s beautiful, she’s kind, and she’s one of the greatest musical talents in the history of humankind.

Selena already gave Justin some of the best years of her youth, but now he’s coming back for more.

Maybe Justin will make her happy, though. Even if he is now sporting super ugly body tattoos.

By the way, some rumors have been floating around that there’s some sort of Jelena music collaboration in the works. TMZ says that they haven’t heard anything verifiable about that.

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Hugh Hefner: Laid to Rest by Loved Ones, Closest Friends

Last week, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died. He was 91.

He was an intensely controversial man, but he had no shortage of admirers.

Which is why the details of his funeral may surprise you. …

You’d expect a celebrity funeral to be, at the very least, the size of a normal funeral.

That would mean dozens to hundreds of attendees. 

Some celebrities have larger funerals for their many different costars and business associates to attend.

Obviously, Hugh Hefner made no shortage of business contacts during his long life and lengthy career.

On top of that, he lived a larger-than-life existence. He was known for wearing his signature red robe. He 

So it’s a little surprising to hear that his funeral was uncharacteristically low-key.

TMZ reports that Hugh Hefner’s funeral was on Saturday, at noon, in L.A.’s Westwood Village Memorial Park.

Hef’s four children, his wife Crystal Harris (who inherits none of his fortune), and some key Playboy staffers were in attendance. That was it.

It was a small, private ceremony. Nice, but downplayed.

Hef’s body was interred beside Marilyn Monroe’s, in a plot that he bought very deliberately in 1992 for $ 75,000.

And we have to talk about the fact that his body is resting beside Marilyn Monroe’s, even if it necessitates speaking ill of the dead.

Because … in no way is this not creepy.

When Hef launched Playboy, he obtained old photographs of Marilyn Monroe from before she was rich and famous.

As a teen, she had taken photos to obtain some much-needed cash. Hef bought the photos and the rights to distribute them and used them for his new business.

Marilyn, at the time, was terrified that it would ruin her career. 

Many people have called out that Hef’s desire to be laid to rest beside her is creepy to the max and even a sort of violation.

(Even though, you know, they’re not alive anymore … the creepiness of it all still lingers)

That’s hardly the only thing about Hugh Hefner’s history that makes people uncomfortable.

As revealed by Holly Madison, not everything was necessarily as it seemed within the Playboy Mansion itself.

Reportedly, Hugh Hefner offered drugs to his girlfriends to make them more open to sex.

He also allegedly fostered a competitive environment in which the women competed with each other for his favor.

Furthermore, Holly says that Hugh would routinely reduce his girlfriends to tears, talking down to them, which sounds like emotional abuse and a pretty standard tactic used by people who want to keep others dependent on their praise and affection.

Kendra Wilkinson praises Hef’s name to this day and refutes Holly Madison’s version of their time at the mansion.

But it’s not uncommon at all for two people in what seems like the same position (that’s not a sex joke) to have very, very different experiences.

Other criticisms of Hugh Hefner include that he historically presented himself as a supporter of women’s rights, gay rights, and rights for people of color while all the time building a business that profited from images of blonde white women that catered to men.

He would neither be the first nor the last figure to receive acclaim for being progressive while seeming to do more to use and profit from women than actually help them.

(Joss Whedon, anyone?)

Of course, those who have compared Hugh Hefner to the likes of Woody Allen or Bill Cosby … need to chill the f–k out and are definitely in need of a reality check.

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