Life coach Iyanla Vanzant’s youngest daughter Nisa’s death at 49 has her fans mourning while others wonder about her other children.
Iyanla Vanzant, 69, is one of America’s most well-known inspirational speakers. Not only is Iyanla known for her motivational speeches but also for her many books. Most recently a post on her Instagram account revealed that the author had lost her youngest daughter Nisa Vanzant as fans mourned Nisa’s death. We take a look at Iyanla’s other kids.
Iyanla Vanzant was a mother to three children
Iyanla had three children. Her oldest is Damon Vanzant, 53. He is an entrepreneur and CEO of the multimedia platform Carib Life Media. His media house produces and features content highlighting Caribbean and African culture. Damon has over 9,300 followers on his Instagram.
Iyanla’s secondborn was Gemmia Vanzant who tragically passed away on Christmas Day 2003. Gemmia had a rare form of colon cancer and was only 31 years old at the time of her death.
The motivational speaker was the mother to two daughters and a son. Most recently she announced via her Instagram, that her youngest Nisa too had passed away.
Iyanla announces daughter Nisa Vanzant’s death
The latest Instagram post from the life coach’s account, dated Sunday, July 30, announced, “It is with great sorrow that we announce the transition of Nisa Vanzant the youngest daughter of our Beloved Iyanla Vanzant we are asking for your prayers.”
The said post revealed that Nisa was 49 years old. However, it did not reveal her cause of death. With Nisa gone, Damon is Iyanla’s only surviving child.
Heartbroken mother previously opened up about losing daughter Gemmia
Speaking to TV anchor Hoda Kotb in 2021, Iyanla reflected on her daughter Gemmia’s passing. She expressed how the experience had changed her as a woman. “Well, it changes who you are as a woman, first, for the worse and then for the better” she said (per Today)
She further talked about courage saying, “God must’ve really, really trusted me to give me a soul to bring into life and to trust me with the courage to send her out.”
Iyanla also talked about losing her daughter in the 2010 best-seller Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through.