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Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa dies aged 44 of renal disease, just one month before her father's retrial is set to start



  • Ensa Cosby passed away Friday night at the age of 44 
  • A spokesperson for her father announced that her death was caused by renal disease, with Ensa having suffered from kidney problems throughout her life 
  • Ensa worked as a yoga instructor at a studio near her parents' Massachusetts compound and previously starred on an episode of The Cosby Show in 1989 
  • She is survived by her parents Bill and Camille, her siblings Erika, Erinn and Evin and her husband Martin McLean
  • Ensa, who was the basis for the character of Vanessa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, grew up in Massachusetts after Camille moved the family there
  • She was a vocal supporter of her father during his 2017 sexual assault trial, stating that he had been 'publicly lynched in the media'
  • 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. 


Support system: She was a vocal supporter of her father during his 2017 sexual assault trial, stating that he had been 'publicly lynched in the media' (Ensa and her father in 2016)









Action: She starred on an episode of The Cosby Show (above circled in red) in 1989 during season six
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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