UPDATE: 3:34 PM EST — A rep for Cosby states Ensa died from renal disease.
Bill Cosby‘s daughter, Ensa Cosby, died on Friday at the age of 44.
According to TMZ, the cause of Ensa’s death was not immediately known, but it is possible that she was on a transplant list for kidney issues, and she reportedly had severe medical issues in the past.
Ensa had been a staunch supporter of her father even as the beleaguered comedian faced increasing accusations of sexual assault from dozens of women.
“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 in a statement 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.”
The Cosby family is surely reeling from this tragic loss, especially since this is not the first of the Cosby children to die. Ennis Cosby was murdered in 1997 in a robbery attempt gone wrong.
No parent should have to bury their child, and our hearts go out to Ensa’s loved ones at this time.
Ensa once appeared in a season 6 episode of “The Cosby Show.” She can be seen wearing orange pants in the clip below.
The Andrea Constand trial
An April trial will see Cosby once again facing accusations from Andrea Constand that he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. Cosby’s argument in his defense was that the sexual relationship between himself and Constand was consensual.
However, the jury deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial.
An unidentified juror told ABC News shortly after the trial that, at some point during the trial, during which jurors deliberated for around 52 hours, jurors had voted 10-2 that Cosby was guilty, specifically for digitally penetrating Constand without obtaining her consent. The same 10-2 vote was also reached that he was guilty of giving her drugs or alcohol to impair her.
This time around, the jury will be made up of local residents only. We will have to see what this new jury decides in the retrial.