NEW YORK (Reuters) – Invoice Cosby’s daughter, Ensa Cosby, who got here to her father’s protection final yr in opposition to accusations that he had sexually assaulted quite a few ladies, has died at age 44 from a continual kidney illness, a household spokesman stated on Monday.
Ensa Cosby, the second-youngest of the entertainer’s 5 kids and the third of his 4 daughters, died from renal illness, in response to the spokesman, Andrew Wyatt. However he declined to provide additional particulars in regards to the circumstances of her dying.
“The Cosby Household thanks many individuals for his or her prayers for his or her beloved and exquisite Ensa, who lately died from renal illness,” Wyatt stated in a press release.
The superstar information web site TMZ.com reported that Cosby’s daughter died on Friday evening in Massachusetts.
The elder Cosby misplaced his son, Ennis, to gun violence greater than a decade in the past.
Ensa Cosby made headlines in Could 2017 when she launched a press release together with her older sister, Erinn, on the favored radio present, “The Breakfast Membership,” proclaiming their father’s innocence in opposition to the a number of rape allegations lodged in opposition to him.
The daughters stated they have been devoted listeners of the present and needed to make use of it as a platform to criticize the media’s portrayal of their father, who was greatest identified for his tv function because the clever, witty dad on the long-running state of affairs comedy “The Cosby Present.”
“The accusations in opposition to my father have been one-sided for the reason that starting, and when he tried to defend himself he was sued in civil court docket,” Ensa stated in an audio assertion that was aired in the course of the morning present. “I strongly imagine my father is harmless of the crimes alleged in opposition to him and I imagine that racism has performed an enormous function in all points of this scandal.”
“My father has been publicly lynched within the media,” she added.
Cosby, 80, is scheduled to look in a Pennsylvania court docket subsequent week for a listening to on pretrial motions forward of his scheduled retrial on April 2.
Cosby’s son, Ennis, an educator who had been pursuing a doctoral diploma at Columbia College, was shot to dying in 1997 by a younger Ukrainian immigrant in a botched theft try after the entertainer’s son stopped by the facet of a highway simply off a Los Angeles freeway to vary a flat tire. He was 27 on the time.
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Further reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Modifying by Jonathan Oatis)