Lyric McHenry Laid to Rest, Mourned by Magic Johnson

About three weeks after she was found dead in the most shocking and disturbing of manners, Lyric McHenry has been laid to rest.

Details on the funeral have not been made public, but basketball legend Magic Johnson is actually the one who confirmed that a service took place on Wednesday.

Johnson was close to the late 26-year old because she was very good friends with his son, EJ.

McHenry, in fact, was known to television viewers because she made multiple appearances on the first and only season of EJNYC, a spinoff of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills that aired in 2016.

It centered on the life of EJ Johnson and his circle of acquaintances; Lyric and her sister were prominent members of this latter group.

On August 14, however, McHenry’s body was discovered in the Bronx.

She was only wearing underwear and a pajamas top — and a small bag of cocaine was found on her person.

Friends and family members issued statements of sadness and confusion shortly afterward, all stunned by this development.

It was also originally reported that McHenry was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death, something no one close to her appears to have been aware of.

In the wake of her funeral, this is what Magic Johnson Tweeted:

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. We were blessed to witness her become a caring and brilliant young lady.

Her talent was special and her potential limitless.

She will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace.

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The Hall of Famer’s son has only said a very little bit about losing his best friend.

Back on August 27, EJ said simply via Instagram:

“I’m going to make this clear to everyone.

“There will be no mourning post because I’m not going to reduce a 25 year friendship to one Instagram post. Please respect my privacy and my process.”

McHenry graduated from Stanford University and interned with Barack Obama’s campaign many years ago.

Some of her loved ones have even wondered whether she was murdered because they simply can’t comprehend her having died from a drug overdose.

They still have so many questions regarding just what transpired the night/morning of McHenry’s passing.

“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,” her family said the day after she died.

Considering the circumstances surrounding her death, they also fought back against chatter that McHenry was living some sort of shameful or sordid existence:

“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.”

May she rest in peace.


Aretha Franklin: Mourned, R-E-S-P-E-C-T-E-D by Stars Everywhere

The Queen of Soul is no longer with us.

On Thursday, August 16, arguably the greatest singer of all-time passed away when Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more respected and influential artist. It's as simple as that.

Probably best known for her cover of Otis Redding’s classic Respect, as well as other hits such as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Think," Frankli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979.

She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was named in 2010 by Rolling Stone as the best singer in history.

In the wake of Franklin's passing, pretty much every star on the planet took to social media and sent their condolences, while a few also shared their personal memories and interactions with Franklin.

Scroll down to see what they had to say…

1. Elton John

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2. Diana Ross

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3. Barbara Streisand

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4. John Legend

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5. Hillary Clinton

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6. Hugh Jackman

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Avicii Mourned, Remembered on Twitter

Tragedy struck, as Swedish DJ and musician Avicii has died.

His real name waws Tim Bergling.

He was only 28 years old.

His fans, who are beyond numbering and live all over the world, are in mourning at this sudden, unexpected loss.

Those who knew him best — his friends and those who worked with him, particularly within the field of music, are expressing their shock and sorrow.

Taking to Twitter, they are remembering their late friend and colleague and expressing their heartwrenching grief.

These are their tweets:

1. Liam Payne

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Liam Payne is of course world-famous as a member of One Direction.

2. Calvin Harris

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Calvin Harris is a DJ, an underwear model, and is best known for being Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend.

3. Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose clearly knew Avicii personally. She is best known for roles on shows like Orange Is The New Black and Dark Matter, and will appear in the upcoming film, The Meg.

4. deadmau5

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Joal Thomas Zimmerman is best known by his stage name, deadmau5. The “5” numeral is pronounced like the letter “S.” He is a producer, DJ. musician, and composer. He does a lot with house music and with EDM.

5. 3LAU

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Justin David Blau is better known by his stage name, 3LAU, is a DJ and EDM producer.

6. Kevin McHale

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Kevin McHale is formerly of the boy band known as MLT, he is best known for having played Artie on Glee.

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Harry Anderson: Mourned, Remembered by Hollywood Stars

The world of entertainment was dealt a sad blow this week when Harry Anderson died at the age of 65.

The three-time Emmy Award nominee, best known for having starred as a judge on Night Court, was found dead inside his home.

It is believed he died of natural causes.

Below, former co-stars and others in Hollywood remember the actor/magician and respond to the sad news of his passing…

1. Markie Post

The actress, who co-starred with Anderson on Night Court for eight years, Tweeted: “I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated.”

2. John Larroquette

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Another Night Court star chimed in: “Harry Anderson. He was wicked smart. He was wicked funny. He had a big laugh. He had a big heart. He delighted in legerdemain especially when he caused someone to scratch their head and proclaim; How the hell did you do that? And he could eat a hamster like no one I ever knew.”

3. Marsha Warfield

She plays Roz on Night Court: “Oh, no! Aw man, I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend.”

4. The Original Cast

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Warfield also Tweeted this photo of the original Night Court cast. What a funny show.

5. Gilbert Gottfried

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“I appeared on three episodes of “Night Court” way back when. Ran into him in N.Y. not that long ago. Always friendly. Always funny. RIP Harry Anderson.”

6. Judd Apatow

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“I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy.”

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Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Mourned During Open Coffin Public Reposal in Ireland

Dolores O’Riordan was mourned by hundreds this weekend in her native Ireland during an open coffin public reposal — where bystanders said goodbye to the Cranberries singer. Dolores’ body was on display Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church, where mourners…


Dolores O’Riordan: Mourned by “Devastated” Bandmates

The sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan continues to reverberate around the music world.

As previously reported, the lead singer of veteran rock band The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday at the young age of 46.

The cause of death remains a mystery, but a few new details have emerged regarding this unfortunate piece of news.

According to O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, per People Magazine, the Irish artist had left a voicemail on his phone mere hours before she died.

There was no signs of any kind at the time that the end was near.

“Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie,” said Waite of O’Riordan’s remix of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit track with the hard rock band, Bad Wolves.

He added:

“She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”

The singer was scheduled for a recording session on the day of her death.

Concluded Waite to People:

“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week.

“The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”

During O’Riordan’s run as the lead singer of this group, The Cranberries were responsible for eight top-20 hits, foremost among them “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”

Tweeted former co-musicians Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler upon learning of her death:

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.

“She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.

“The world has lost a true artist today.”


O’Riordan’s publicist, meanwhile, confirmed her passing in a statement to earlier in the day.

The statement reads as follows:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.

“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The band had canceled a number of tour dates last July due to ongoing back problems for O’Riordan, but she recently assured fans she was feeling much better.

In the wake of this news, sales of The Cranberries’ album “Something Else” surged 913,350% on Amazon.

Records by the group also dominated the Top 10 list of iTunes at the moment.

It can at least be comforting to know that music fans are realizing just what kind of special artist O’Riordan was, although the circumstances could not be any sadder.

Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac, who previously managed The Cranberries, also released a statement.

“From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor,” he said, concluding: 

“So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on Zombie, I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.

“My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”


Carrie Fisher: Mourned, Remembed One Year After Death

It’s been one year since Hollywood was shaken to its core by the most tragic of news:

Carrie Fisher had passed away.

The beloved actress had fallen unconscious a couple days prior to Christmas after suffering a heart attack and finally succumbed to the after-effects on December 28, 2017.

Exactly 365 days ago today.

Immediately following her death, tributes and words of mourning poured forth from all who knew the legendary actress well.

And even from those who were just familiar with her work, such was the profound impact Fisher had on so many individuals.

Now, on the anniversary of her death, two of the most important people in Carrie’s life have spoken out once again.

First, her daughter, Billie Lourd.

“My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her,” Lourd wrote on social media on Wednesday.

She added:

“We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might ‘see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling privates across [our] unworthy irises.’ And she did.”

In a beautiful and simple conclusion, the young actress wrote:

“I love you times infinity.”

“In just an hour, the post reached close to 50,000 Likes, with many users expressing their love and support in the Comments section.

Then there was Mark Hamill.

The actor, who co-starred in a number of Star Wars films with Fisher and who had a special bond with the late star, took to Twitter this afternoon and wrote the following:

“No one’s ever really gone…”

He penned this caption along with the hashtags “#AlwaysWithUs” and “#CarrieOnForever” and a photo of the stars together.

This photo was itself alongside a drawing of Fisher and her beloved dog, Gary, which is … well… totally awesome.

See for yourself:

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As many movie fans also know, director Rian Johnson recently paid tribute himself to Fisher in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Shortly after the credits, a dedication appears onscreen that reads: “In Loving Memory of Our Princess, Carrie Fisher.”

“I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Damn it, Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,'” the director joked at the film’s premiere earlier this month, adding simply:

“So let’s all have a blast tonight for Carrie.”

The veteran star’s cause of death was eventually revealed to be from sleep apnea and “other undetermined factors.”

May she continue to rest in peace.


Ralphie May: Mourned, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

As previously reported, comedian Ralphie May passed away on Friday from cardiac arrest.

He was only 45 years old at the time.

In his memory, we've collected a number of social media tributes below, penned by those who knew May well and those who worked with him over the years.

May Ralphie May rest in peace…

1. Kevin Hart

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Wow….I was just told that Ralphie May passed. I’m truly saddened by this. He was a good dude. Heaven just got another funny angel RIP man.

2. Gabriel Iglesias

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I’m at a loss for words to hear about the passing of comedian Ralfie May. He was a friend to many and a father of 2 beautiful children. RIP.

3. Dane Cook

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Whoa… man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans.

4. Bob Saget

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Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.

5. Jim Breuer

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Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs . See you on the other side kid.

6. Larry the Cable Guy

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Oh man fellow comedian and friend Ralphie May just died. So crazy. RIP Ralphie. You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there.

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Tom Petty: Mourned, Remembered by Stars Everywhere

After suffering from cardiac arrest, Tom Petty died on Monday night.

The music legend was 66 years old and, as you can see below, his passing has hit Hollywood hard.

May he rest in peace.

1. Russell Crowe

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Mr Petty, thanks for all of it.

2. Colin Hanks

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Damn it. NO! Tom Petty got me thru this morning.

3. Josh Groban

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What a horrid day for our country, music fans and music itself. RIP Tom Petty. His songs are always good medicine. Love to his family.

4. Kevin Smith

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One night when I was 11, I played The Waiting by #TomPetty on a jukebox 100 times in a row. Loved the man’s voice & his art. RIP, Legend.

5. Mandy Moore

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One of the greatest. Sending love & light to his family, band/crew & legions of fans forever touched by the music around the [world].

6. Nick Lachey

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One of the best to ever do it!! #RIP.

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Jerry Lewis: Mourned and Remembered by Stars Everywhere

It's been a tough weekend for comedians, huh?

Last night we learned that the beloved Dick Gregory had passed away, and then, less than 24 hours later, the news broke that Jerry Lewis had also died.

Jerry, known for his comedy and for his amazing humanitarian work, was 91 years old, and he passed away in his Las Vegas home this morning from natural causes.

It's a big loss … and you can tell by how many people have taken the time today to remember him.

Check out some of the messages about Jerry below.

1. Jim Carrey

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“That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was!”

2. Samuel L. Jackson

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“It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He’ll keep’em laffin in the ever after!”

3. Bill O’Reilly

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“Jerry Lewis loved his country & helped it enormously. I occasionally spoke with him about policy-he was on it, very engaged despite his age.”

4. Neil Patrick Harris

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“Watching Jerry Lewis onscreen makes me laugh harder than almost anyone. His great contribution to cinema is undeniable.”

5. Debra Messing

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“#RIP Jerry Lewis. A Genius. A Legend. Thanks for all the laughs.”

6. Ellen DeGeneres

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“Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.”

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