EJ Johnson has finally commented on the tragic death of Lyric McHenry.
And the former E! reality star has said something very interesting and thought-provoking about his late friend.
First, a quick refresher:
McHenry was found dead on a sidewalk in New York City in mid-August.
The scene was both horrifying, depressing and confusing, as authorities came across McHenry’s body in a rundown section of the Bronx.
She was only wearing underwear and a pajama top. And there was a small ziplock bag of cocaine in her possession.
Moreover, according to initial reports that are now under some dispute, McHenry was about 20 weeks pregnant. She was also just 26 years old.
McHenry was known to television viewers as someone who made multiple appearances on EJNYC, a one-season Rich Kids of Beverly Hills spinoff that aired in 2016 on E!.
It followed the life of EJ Johnson in New York City, the son of basketball legend Magic Johnson and an out and proud young gay man.
Since McHenry’s shocking and sad passing, many friends, family members and loved ones have spoken out in tribute.
They’re also spoken out in defense of Lyric, whose reputation was taking a major hit in death due to the way her corpse was discovered.
But McHenry was a Stanford graduate who had previously interned for Barack Obama and who was enjoying a successful life as a television producer.
In his first remarks since his close friend passed away, however, Johnson did not really take this approach.
Instead, in the comments section of his Instagram, the reality star actually said very little.
Yet he sort of said a lot at the same time.
“I’m going to make this clear to everyone there will be no mourning post because I’m not going to reduce a 25yr friendship to 1 Instagram post,” Johnson wrote.
He later added simply:
“Please respect my privacy and my process.”
That’s quite the unusual and, in our opinion, admirable stance.
In this age of social media, people are often judged by what they say in public; most users feel a need to respond to every tragedy or every current event online, in some kind of attempt to get “credit” from their followers.
But Johnson is refusing to give in to this social norm.
He’s going to grieve in private and he’s not going to try and sum up an entire person or an entire friendship in, like, 240 characters.
McHenry died after a night out with friends in celebration of her birthday, although Johnson was not included in this group outing.
He had earlier sent his pal very happy wishes for the occasion, however, writing on Instagram:
Happy birthday to my best friend who has strutted with my in princess gowns since day 1 @lyric_leigh words 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.
McHenry, meanwhile, also frequently shared photos of herself with Johnson on Instagram.
Last year, she wished EJ a happy birthday with a heartfelt post of her own.
“Happy birthday to my twin spirit for life coordinated since toddlers,” she wrote. “I’m so proud of who you are and what you will continue to be! I love you @ejjohnson_!”
While some wonder whether McHenry was murdered, allow us to simply say the following:
May Lyric McHenry rest in peace.