Updated Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:40 p.m.:
(The Root) — A spokesman from the Miami Beach police department told The Root that Kennedy’s death is being classified as a “death investigation pending toxicology results.” There were no signs of foul play, according to authorities. Miami Beach police received a call a short time after 12 p.m. on Monday, June 11, to come to her apartment, where she had been discovered deceased by maintenance workers from the building, who reported smelling a “foul odor.”
Results from toxicology reports take four to six weeks, police said.
“There was no sign of break-in,” Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told The Root. “It could be medical-related or it could be a suicide if we find that she had drugs in her system that’s not conducive to taking a couple extra aspirin, where it’s obvious she ingested a certain drug too much.”
If the latter is the case, Hernandez added that authorities would interview her relatives to see if she had a history of depression or if she attempted a suicide before.
Updated Monday, June 18, 12:32 p.m.
(The Root) — Speaking on behalf of the family of Erica Kennedy (Johnson), her aunt Sarah Robinson — known to family and friends as Aunt Porgy — issued this statement:
It is with great sadness that we announce that Erica Kennedy passed away in Miami Beach, Florida, last week. We are devastated by this incredible loss. Erica was bright, funny, talented, thoughtful and passionate. In her 42 years, she lived many lives as a fashion publicist, a journalist, a novelist, a blogger, a brand consultant, and a social media connector. But perhaps her most remarkable accomplishment was the indelible mark she has left on the lives of so many people across the globe.
We love Erica and, like her countless friends and colleagues, we will miss her. However, we ask that you respect our family’s privacy during this very difficult time.