The daughter of Bill Cosby passed away on Friday night at the age of 44.
Ensa Cosby died in Massachusetts, where the family has a large estate. A spokesperson for her father, Andrew Wyatt, announced on Monday afternoon that her death was caused by renal disease, with Ensa having suffered from kidney problems throughout her life.
Her passing comes one month before her father is set to be retried on rape charges in Pennsylvania this April.
This is the second child Cosby has lost, with son Ennis having been murdered in 1997 during a botched carjacking in Los Angeles.
Ensa is survived by her parents Bill and Camille, her siblings Erika, Erinn and Evin and her husband Martin McLean.
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Ensa was a yoga instructor at a studio just a few miles from the family compound in Shelburne Falls.
Bill and his wife Camille spend almost all of their time on the 21-acre estate, and have bought up hundreds of acres of land bordering the property to maintain their privacy.
Residents of the town told DailyMail.com back in 2015 that Bill and Camille are seldom seen in town, preferring to stay behind the gates of their compound.
It is also on that compound where the family buried Ennis after his death, with his body laid to rest beneath the herb garden on the property.
Ensa spent most of her youth in Massachusetts, but was still able to experience some incredible moments thanks to her famous dad.
As a child, she presented musician Miles Davis and actress Cicely Tyson with their wedding bands at their 1981 nuptials, which took place at the Cosby family home on Thanksgiving.
She also attended the inauguration of Nelson Mandela alongside her father, who was one of the South African leader’s close friends.
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Ensa married Martin McLean, 55, in August of 2013, just one year after the two met.
The ceremony took place at trinity Church in Shelburne Falls, and a large reception followed for guests.
Both Ensa and her groom had children from previous relationships at the time that they married.
One of his children, Matthew McLean, was tragically murdered by a friend who stabbed the 21-year-old 70 times back in 2015.
Since the wedding, both Ensa and her groom had been living on the family estate.
McLean had been arrested two years before the couple married in 2011 for attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription in order to obtain 90 pills of oxycodone according to court papers.
Those charges were dismissed with prejudice the following year after McLean entered and successfully completed a rehab program.
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Ensa was one of her father’s most vocal supporters during his sexual assault trial back in 2017, and in a statement last May on The Breakfast Club said that the accusations being made against the comedian were racially motivated.
‘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. The man portrayed in the media today is not who my father is,’ said Ensa.
‘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 then finished out that statement with some very strong words.
‘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,’ said Ensa.
‘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.’
In an interview just days later with SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish, Cosby responded to his daughter’s statement by saying: ‘Could be, could be. I can’t say anything, but there are certain things that I look at, and I apply to the situation, and there are so many tentacles. So many different – nefarious is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.’
The Cosby women have long made a point of standing up for themselves in the media, no matter what public perception may be at that time.
In the wake of Ennis’ death, Camille criticized the coverage of his passing by stating: ‘Ennis William Cosby did not have a mother. I was a nonentity, an un-person. Yet, when my husband made his more than famous confession to the public about a brief 1970s liaison, my name was printed everywhere. Suddenly, I became well known; not as an intelligent person, but for reasons obviously undesirable.’
Camille also said in that essay that the media had taught her son’s killer to hate black men.
The family has yet to issue a statement on Ensa’s passing at this time.
Originally posted on Daily Mail UK. Photo: Getty Images.