Bill Cosby‘s daughter, Ensa Cosby, died on Friday at age 44.


Ensa had a history of medical problems, and her cause of death was complications from renal disease. A family spokesman Andrew Wyatt confirmed her death. “The Cosby Family thanks many people for their prayers for their beloved and beautiful Ensa,” he said in a statement.

Ensa was a steadfast supporter of her father, 80, even after being accused by more than 60 women of sexual harassment and assault. She released an audio statement in 2017 ahead of one of her father’s court appearances.

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“I am a very private person and have chosen to live my life quietly with my family. But for my child, my niece, my nephew, and my father, I cannot sit quietly anymore,” she said at the time. “The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning. 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’ve witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary works 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… My father has been publicly lynched in the media,” she said. “My family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standards of pretending to protect the rights of some, but ignoring the rights of others and exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel.”

Ensa is survived by her father and mother, Camille Cosby, and siblings Erika, 52, Erinn, 51, and Evin, 41. Her brother Ennis was murdered at age 27 in a failed robbery attempt in 1997.

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