Mother of Late “16 and Pregnant” Star Jordan Cashmyer Says Jordan’s Drug Relapse Was Triggered By Death of Her Fiance; Jordan’s Dad Has Filed for Custody of Jordan’s Baby

Jordan, Michael and baby Lyla…

Former 16 and Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer passed away last month from a drug overdose, despite having gotten sober one year earlier. Jordan’s death came just months after her fiancé, Michael Schaffer, also passed away from a drug overdose. According to Jordan’s mother, losing Michael “triggered” her daughter’s relapse and subsequent overdose. 

Jordan’s biological mother, Kari Burchill, revealed to The Sun that their family is “heartbroken” over Jordan’s death; however, she wants people to know that until Michael’s death, Jordan had maintained her sobriety. 

“Michael dying was the trigger,” she claims. “But she did do it. She stayed clean. No one will take that from her.” 

Shortly after Jordan’s death, her father, Dennis Cashmyer, confirmed that addiction had led to Jordan’s passing. Her official cause of death has since been revealed as fentanyl, despropionyl fentanyl and cocaine intoxication. She was reportedly found in her Westminster, Maryland, apartment with what “appeared to be a needle puncture” on her arm, though track marks were not observed, nor had she been drinking alcohol before her death, The Sun reports.

A Maryland coroner’s office revealed the cause of Michael’s September 9 death as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl intoxication.

Jordan and Michael shared one child together, daughter Lyla Nalani, whom they welcomed last year. The baby was only six months old when Jordan died, leaving her an orphan.

Jordan and Lyla

(Jordan, who appeared on “16 and Pregnant” in 2015, was also a mom to daughter Genevieve, whom she welcomed on the show with then-boyfriend Derek Taylor.)

With both of Lyla’s parents now deceased, Dennis and Jordan’s stepmother, Jessica Cashmyer, have filed for guardianship of the infant. 

In the wake of his daughter’s death, Dennis also organized a GoFundMe to raise money to cover Jordan’s final expenses and to start a fund for Lyla’s future. In the fundraiser description, Dennis addressed his daughter’s (and Michael’s) struggles with addiction, noting “addiction plagues many families, and our family was not immune to it.” 

“We did not foresee starting back over, and all the comes along with that,” he went on to write. “Lyla has been our family’s greatest joy and addition; she has been our saving grace during this difficult time.” 

Currently, more than $10,000 has been raised for the family through the GoFundMe.

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4 Responses

  1. It sounds like her mother is making excuses for her choice to use cocaine. She knew she was all her 6 month old baby had left & she choose drugs over treatment. Knowing she could leave the baby an orphan.

    The way her mother used the word “trigger” it reminds me of how Ryan from Teen Mom’s mother & wife act about his drug use. The way they subtly put the blame on Maci because she’s a trigger. That is enabling a drug addict.

    I’m triggered now. But I’m not going to go stick a needle in my arm. Because I love myself & my kids too much.

    I feel really bad for the kid.

  2. I grew up in the time of raves, when coke and x were peddled like juice after a blood donation. Partying was a rite of passage.

    Addict or not, nobody has any idea what they are buying and using anymore.

    It sucks she was self medicating trauma with a loaded gun, so to speak.

  3. Her story made me so sad. Addiction has a powerful grip with vile results. I hope she is at peace and that her girls grow up safe and don’t fall prey to the same struggles.

  4. Fentanyl is no joke.

    It pains me in many ways when folks cannot afford to bury their loved ones and cannot provide for survivors. It’s really something ppl need to consider when having kids unless they really do not care.

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