Just one month before Bill Cosby is set to return to court to be retried for sexual assault allegations, news of a family member’s passing has surfaced.
This sudden death in the family comes 20 years after the murder of Cosby’s son, Ennis, in 1997.
His son was shot to death on the side of the highway while trying to change a flat tire. His murderer was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A spokesperson for Cosby addressed the press on Monday, Feb. 26 to break the recent news of another passing.
Ensa, Cosby’s daughter, passed away on Friday, Feb. 23 at the age of 44.
The spokesperson revealed that Ensa died due to renal disease, a chronic kidney disease that is often caused by diabetes.
“The Cosby Family thanks many people for their prayers for their beloved and beautiful Ensa, who recently died from renal disease,” the spokesperson said.
Ensa was close to her father and even starred in a 1989 episode of The Cosby Show playing a girl at a party.
More recently, she supported her father following the sexual assault allegations against him in 2014.
More than 50 women have made public claims against Cosby of sexual assault since.
In June 2017, a mistrial was declared in court when the jury was “hopelessly deadlocked,” leaving Cosby’s case to be retried this April.
Ensa was public with her belief in her father’s innocence, claiming that her family had always been the subject of scrutiny and that racism was involved in Cosby’s case.
“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,” she said last year.
“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 is survived by her mother, father, and three siblings: sisters Erika, Erinn and Evin.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cosby family during this difficult time.
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