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16 & Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer’s family reveals her cause of death


Late 16 & Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer’s family has shared her cause of death, revealing that she passed away at the age of 26 after losing her battle with ‘addiction’ – just four months after her fiance and the father of her six-month-old daughter died.  

Cashmyer, who struggled with addiction and had previously attempted suicide, died on January 15, leaving behind an orphaned baby daughter, Lyla, and her first child, Genevieve, whose birth she documented on the MTV reality series in 2014. 

Now, her family has spoken out about the mother-of-two’s death, describing her struggles with addiction as a ‘plague’, while pleading for donations to help fund her funeral expenses and to help with the care of her now-orphaned baby daughter. 

Cashmyer, from Baltimore, Maryland, welcomed Lyla, her second daughter and her first child with late fiance Michael Schaffer, in June 2021. 

On a GoFundMe page set up by Cashmyer’s grieving father Dennis, the family paid tribute to the late reality star, writing: ‘Jordan was always so full of life and full of personality. She had a way of always making those around her laugh and smile, and her smile was truly contagious.’ 

Speaking about her cause of death, the family wrote: ‘Addiction plagues many families, and our family was not immune to it… Lyla lost her father to addiction at two months [and] now her mother at six months.’  

Late 16 & Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer’s family has shared her cause of death, revealing that she passed away on January 15 at the age of 26 after losing her battle with ‘addiction’ 

Cashmyer's death came six months after the birth of her daughter, Lyla, and just four months after her fiance, Lyla's father, Michael Schaffer, who also battled addiction

Cashmyer’s death came six months after the birth of her daughter, Lyla, and just four months after her fiance, Lyla’s father, Michael Schaffer, who also battled addiction 

The mother-of-two was engaged to be married to Schaffer, with whom she shared daughter Lyla (pictured together), when he died at the age of 30

The mother-of-two was engaged to be married to Schaffer, with whom she shared daughter Lyla (pictured together), when he died at the age of 30  

On a GoFundMe page set up by Cashmyer's family, they asked for donations to help fund her funeral and to provide for Lyla's future; the baby is currently in the care of her grandparents

On a GoFundMe page set up by Cashmyer’s family, they asked for donations to help fund her funeral and to provide for Lyla’s future; the baby is currently in the care of her grandparents

The family then spoke out about their grief over the ‘grim outcome’ that Lyla will ‘never get to make memories with her mother or father’, adding that the infant is now in the care of Cashmyer’s parents – who are asking for donations to help provide for the little girl’s future.  

‘Our family has to now not only put our daughter to rest but navigate through starting over with an infant who has lost both her parents in her six months of life,’ the family continued. 

‘Please help our family cover the costs of Jordan’s memorial and start a fund for Lyla’s future. We did not foresee starting back over, and all that comes along with that.’ 

In a Facebook post shared on January 24, Dennis revealed that his daughter’s body had been lying at the State Medical Examiners for nine days in the wake of her death because they had not been able to organize the funeral, writing: ‘I am asking for the community that has surrounded myself, Jordan and my family to help us through this horrific chapter in our lives. 

‘Please if you are able to help, we would forever be grateful. If you are unable to donate, I would ask of you just to share this and how Jordan, Lyla, or myself have touched your individual lives, I would greatly appreciate it. 

‘We are navigating uncharted territory, and each step has been extremely challenging and painful. Our daughter is still being held at the State Medical Examiners. It’s been nine days now, so we have not been able to finalize her final resting, and let her go In peace. 

Cashmyer rose to prominence in 2014 when she appeared on the MTV reality series alongside her then-boyfriend Derek Taylor, with whom she shared her first-born child

Cashmyer rose to prominence in 2014 when she appeared on the MTV reality series alongside her then-boyfriend Derek Taylor, with whom she shared her first-born child 

The couple split up shortly after Genevieve's birth on March 7, 2014. It is thought that their daughter is currently in the care of her father

The couple split up shortly after Genevieve’s birth on March 7, 2014. It is thought that their daughter is currently in the care of her father 

Following the birth of her first daughter, Cashmyer struggled with postpartum depression and she later revealed that she had attempted suicide

Following the birth of her first daughter, Cashmyer struggled with postpartum depression and she later revealed that she had attempted suicide

Following the birth of her first daughter, Cashmyer struggled with postpartum depression and she later revealed that she had attempted suicide 

‘We pray that we soon will be able to do so and finally properly mourn the loss of our daughter. Rest In Peace my baby girl. 

On the GoFundMe, the Cashmyers also paid tribute to Lyla, describing her as their ‘greatest joy and addition’ and their ‘saving grace during this difficult time’. 

It is thought that Cashmyer’s older daughter, Evie, is in the care of her ex-boyfriend Derek.  

Cashmyer’s family first shared the news of her death on January 16, with dad Dennis confirming on Facebook that his daughter had died on the previous day.  

‘Last night I received a call no parent ever wants,’ he wrote. ‘Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER.’ 

Cashmyer’s death came almost eight years after she rose to prominence while featuring on the MTV reality series 16 & Pregnant alongside her then-boyfriend Derek Taylor and their daughter Genevieve ‘Evie’ Shae Taylor. 

The reality star’s life was troubled; she admitted herself to a rehab facility in June 2016 at age 21 after she injured herself in a drunken stupor, TMZ reported at the time. 

An insider for the gossip site claimed that the incident – which left her with a concussion and black eye -made the reality star realize it was time to ‘get her life together.’

During her time on the hit show, crews documented the Baltimore, Maryland native’s struggles after she became pregnant while dating Taylor.

The couple became homeless during the pregnancy after Cashmyer’s parents kicked her out of the family home and Taylor refused to get a job.

The couple split following their baby’s March 7, 2014 birth, and Cashmyer later revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression and attempted suicide.

Cashymer's father Dennis shared the news of her death on Facebook in an emotional January 16 post, one day after she passed away

Cashymer’s father Dennis shared the news of her death on Facebook in an emotional January 16 post, one day after she passed away 

Dennis revealed that his granddaughter Lyla is now being cared for by himself and his wife (pictured)

Dennis revealed that his granddaughter Lyla is now being cared for by himself and his wife (pictured)  

She shared in a post to her official Facebook page in November of that year that ‘there wasn’t much of a reason to live anymore,’ Radar.com reported.

‘I have been struggling with a lot of different things emotionally since I had Genevieve,’ she wrote. 

‘I was diagnosed with post partum depression and was on medication for a little while for it, but I never followed up with my appointment… My mood wouldn’t stay stable for very long, I was extremely impulsive, couldn’t focus, the smallest things would set me off, and my anxiety got worse, as did my depression and OCD.’

She added that she was given new medication that helped turn her mood around. 

‘I feel like my normal self; happy, smiling, talkative and thinking clearly… Things really are looking up and I am set on having the best possible future for my daughter and I.’

Years later, she walked back the ordeal and claimed she was actually hospitalized for an accidental overdose.

‘I was depressed due to the issues that were going on in my life at the time and was using drugs and drinking,’ she tweeted. 

‘A family member decided to tell the hospital that I attempted an overdose because they believed that would get the proper treatment I needed.’ 

A person who answered her father’s business phone Sunday said he was not ready to openly speak about his daughter. 

Cashmyer celebrated one-year of sobriety last January, and welcomed her second daughter Lyla with Schaffer last June. 

But her attempts at getting her life back on track hit a bump last September 9, when Shaffer died. 



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