*Tragedy has struck the Bill Cosby family once again. On Monday, news arrived that the comedian and wife and his wife, Camille lost another child. This time it was their daughter Ensa.
Ensa Cosby died in Massachusetts on Friday, February 23. She was 44.
According to TMZ, which first reported the story, Ensa had a history of medical problems and was possibly awaiting a kidney transplant.
Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt confirmed Ensa’s cause of death to USA Today.
“The Cosby Family thanks many people for their prayers for their beloved and beautiful Ensa, who recently died from renal disease,” he said in a statement.
Ensa had been a ardent supporter of her father, particularly after he was accused of sexual assault and misconduct in recent years by more than 60 women. Ensa released a statement in May 2017 ahead of one of the Cosby Show alum’s court appearances.
“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,” Ensa 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. 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.”
Bill and his wife, Camille Cosby, are also the parents of Erika, 52, Erinn, 51, and Evin, 41. Their son Ennis was murdered at the age of 27 in a failed robbery attempt in Los Angeles in 1997.