About two weeks ago, it was announced that “16 and Pregnant” alum Jordan Cashmyer had passed away at only 26 years old.
Cashmyer had appeared on the fifth season of the MTV reality show, which aired in 2014. Her episode featured her and her then-boyfriend, Derek Taylor, struggling with the birth of their first child. Cashmyer had been disowned by her family, who did not support their relationship. The homeless teen struggled to find employment and eventually gave birth to her daughter, Evie.
The relationship came to an end after the cameras stopped rolling, and Cashmyer’s hardships only escalated from there. Her father passed away shortly after filming, and Cashmyer decided to temporarily sign custody rights of their child over to Derek’s mother in 2015.
In 2017, Cashmyer was arrested for drug possession. After she was released, she had been working at a strip club and had seemed committed to her recovery. In 2021, she had celebrated one year of sobriety.
Mother Announces Daughter’s Death On Facebook: ‘I Received A Call No Parent Ever Wants’
Jordan’s mother Jessica Cashmyer announced her daughter’s passing to their followers. She posted the news on her husband, Dennis M. Cashmyer’s Jr.’s Facebook account.
“Last night I received a call no parent ever wants,” she began.
“My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old,” she continued. “Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER.”
“Please keep my family in your thoughts prayers as we navigate through this terrible tragedy,” she added. “Please understand and respect our privacy at this time.”
“We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, grand daughter Lyla and family members,” she concluded.
Both friends of the family and fans of the show spoke out to express their condolences for her passing.
“Dennis and Jess, words cannot express how sorry we are to hear this,” another wrote. “We are here for you in any way we can be. Sending you all our love and hugs.”
“My heart absolutely breaks for you and Jess,” said another. “My deepest condolences and I will pray for your family.”
“I am so so sorry to hear of this heartbreaking news,” another wrote. “I can’t even imagine what you are all going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
Jordan Cashmyer’s Family Announces Cause Of Death On GoFundMe Page
Earlier this week, Jordan Cashmyer’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses related to Cashmyer’s other daughter, Lyla, who is now six months old.
“Our daughter Jordan tragically lost her life on January 15, 2022, at the age of 26,” the plea began. “Leaving behind a sweet little 6-month-old girl.”
They said that “addiction” was behind her cause of death, saying, “Addiction plagues many families, and our family was not immune to it.”
“Jordan was always so full of life and full of personality,” the message continued. “She had a way of always making those around her laugh and smile, and her smile was truly contagious. Our family is heartbroken, and we will forever miss Jordan.”
GoFundMe Page Reveals Both Parents Were Lost To Addiction
The message went on to say that both of Lyla’s parents had been lost to addiction.
“We are now faced with the grim outcome that our grandaughter that we have been raising will never get to make memories with her mother or father, never getting to know them,” they added. “Lyla lost her father to addiction at two months & now her mother at six months.”
“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,” they added. “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,” they continued. Lyla has been our family’s greatest joy and addition; she has been our saving grace during this difficult time.”
“Myself, my wife, our kids, and sweet little Lyla have been shown so much love and words of kindness in the past nine days since Jordan’s passing. Our hearts are grateful,” they concluded. “We pray Jordan is finally at peace. Lots of Love, The Cashmyers.”
At the time of this writing, their page has collected $6,460 dollars from 115 donors, still shy of their goal of $15,000 dollars.