McPhaul passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis on Nov. 16 and was laid to rest on Nov. 25 according to reports. No cause of death was listed in the obituary and due to HIPAA laws, the hospital could not release any information. The Marion County, Ind. coroner’s office had no record of McPhaul’s death, which is common in cases where the death is not suspicious. When reached Wednesday afternoon, The Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory did confirm that they handled his service and that he was buried there on Nov. 25.
McPhaul joined YouthPride as co-executive director in 2009 before becoming the sole executive director in January 2010. A series of controversial episodes followed.
YouthPride’s troubles began in December 2011 when the organization put out a public call via Facebook that it needed to raise $40,000 by the end of the year or its doors would close.
Soon after news of YouthPride’s dire financial straits made headlines, it was also learned the organization, founded in 1995, had no viable board of directors.
In June 2012, YouthPride was forced to move from its home at Inman Park United Methodist Church after the church sued the organization for more than $50,000 in back rent.