Bill Cosby’s daughter, Ensa, has passed away at the age of 44.
Ensa passed away in Massachusetts on Friday, where the Cosby family has a large estate. Bill Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt revealed yesterday that she died from renal disease, with Ensa having suffered from kidney problems throughout her life.
She is the second of Bill Cosby’s children to have died, after his son Ennis was murdered in 1997 following a carjacking incident in Los Angeles.
While she appeared in ‘The Cosby Show’ as a child, she worked as a yoga instructor in her adult life. Ensa was also a very vocal supporter of her father when allegations of rape and sexual misconduct came to light. He is set to stand in a re-trial next month.
“I’m a very private person and I’ve chosen to live my life with my family quietly but for my child, my niece and my nephew, and my father, I can’t sit quietly anymore,” said Ensa at the time, as The Daily Mail reports. “The man portrayed in the media today is not who my father is.
“The accusations against my father have been one sided since the beginning, and when he tried to defend himself he was sued in civil court. I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time and I have witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary work be dismissed without any proof.”
She continued: “I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal.”
Ensa added: “My father has been publicly lynched in the media and my family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standard or pretending to protect the rights of some but ignoring the rights of others.
“And exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone that they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel.”
Ensa is survived by her parents Bill and Camille, her siblings Erika, Erinn and Evin and her husband Martin McLean.